Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending Oct. 6, 2012.
Small grains and other field crops:
Alfalfa, corn, and bean crops are progressing well in the warmer temperatures. Corn is still being cut for silage. The harvest of grain corn is almost complete. Cotton fields are being defoliated and prepared for harvest.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes:
Late stone fruit varieties are being harvested, packed, and shipped to Taiwan, China, Mexico, and Canada. Table grape varieties being harvested include: Red Globe, Autumn Royal, Crimson Seedless, and Thomson Seedless. Most exports of table grapes are being shipped to Korea, Mexico, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, and South American countries.
Pomegranates continue to be exported to Korea. The Early Wonderful pomegranate harvest has started, and Wonderfuls will start next week. Walnuts are being exported to Hong Kong and China. Pistachio and almonds are being harvested. Pistachios are being exported to France, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Germany, and Korea.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
Olive harvest continues, with a larger crop than last year. Valencia oranges are still being picked, but the harvest is beginning to wind down. Some Valencia exports are going to Mexico and Korea.
Vegetables, melons, and berries:
Eggplants, corn, squash, beans, peppers, melons, and tomatoes continue to be harvested. Strawberries are still being sold at roadside stands.
Livestock and poultry:
Rangeland is dry in both upper and lower elevations. Ranchers continue to put out supplemental feed and nutrients for the cattle. Demand in the fed-cattle market remains steady.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.