Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending Dec. 22.
Small Grains & Field Crops:
Winter forage crops continue to germinate and grow well due to adequate soil moisture from recent rains. Alfalfa growth and harvest has slowed due to cold, damp weather. The Cotton Plowdown Regulations will be enforced starting Dec. 20. Most growers are in full compliance with the regulations at this time.
Decidiuous Tree Fruits,
Nuts & Grapes:
Persimmons continue to be harvested and shipped to domestic markets. Pruning in vineyards, stone fruit, and nut orchards continues. Stored nuts continue to be processed and shipped to domestic and export markets. Exports of almonds continue to Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Chile, India, and South Africa. Pistachios have been exported to the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Russia, Hong Kong, and Belgium. Stored table grapes have been exported to China, Mexico, the Philippines, El Salvador, Vietnam, Japan, and Costa Rica. Small quantities of stored pomegranates continue to be exported to Mexico
Citrus, Avocados & Olives:
Navel oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit continue to be received and packed for domestic and export markets. Navel orange maturity tests continue to test above minimum required levels for all loads being received. Packed navel oranges are being shipped to domestic markets as well as being exported to Korea, Australia, Ecuador, China, Peru, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, El Salvador, Japan, and Mexico. Packed lemons and tangerines are being shipped to domestic markets as well as Japan. Grapefruit are being exported to Japan. Pumelos and lemons were sent to Honduras. Domestic and export prices remain high for citrus.
Vegetables, Melons & Berries:
Planted winter vegetable crops continue to grow normally. Black-eyed peas were exported to Malaysia
Livestock & Poultry:
The condition of rangeland continues to improve following the recent rains. The price in the fedcattle market was lower compared to last week, as most feedlots across the country reported sales of $126.00/cwt.
Movement of nursery stock has slowed. Potted and bare-root roses have been shipped to various nurseries in Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.