This week will be hot on the farm with temperatures at 100 and above. Fortunately the last two weeks have been cool. We were able to transplant many of the fall and winter vegetables. Roberto sowed a couple of acres of direct seeded crops too. Josesito's job this week is to keep all the crops well watered but not too much. Excess water encourages weeds to germinate. There is a fine balance of providing just what the crop needs without stimulating the weeds.
The soil surface needs to be moist so that the germinating seeds can emerge, keeping enough moisture at the root depth only. He walks the fields several times a day; even then with temperatures over 100 this is not an easy task to get right.