For the week ending
Feb. 2, 2013.
Small grains and
other field crops:
Alfalfa is coming out of dormancy, with signs of new growth. Early planted wheat and grain crops continue with ideal growth. Wheat and grain crops continue being planted. Overall, dryland grains and winter forage crops continue to show signs of good germination. The Caribbean Islands’ demand for dried beans continues keeping the export market steady.
Deciduous tree fruits,
nuts, and grapes:
Field activities have been slightly hampered in some areas due to field accessibility – wet soils. Tree fruit growers are applying dormant sprays, insecticides, and fungicides as weather permits.
Vineyards continue to be pruned and tied, with some brush shredding. Pre-emergent applications have begun in vineyards. Pistachio and walnuts orchards continue to be pruned, with some bushed and shredded. Fields continue to be shaken and swept in an effort to eliminate old shells. In-shell walnuts continue to be exported to Hong Kong. Kiwifruit continues to be exported to Mexico and Japan.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
The harvest of Clementines and tangerines is virtually finished. However, the export of Murcotts and Tangos continues to increase, with high demand in New Zealand and Taiwan. Navel oranges, lemons, and grapefruit continue to be picked and packed for domestic and export markets. Navel oranges continue to be primarily exported to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Mexico, Guatemala, and Korea. Navel oranges prices continue to remain stable. Lemon exports continue to New Zealand and Japan. Tangerines are seeing increased exports to Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. Picking and packing of Mandarins has picked up due to demand in the export market.
County inspectors continue frost surveys, with some freeze damage evident in colder areas of the county. Freeze damage has been minimal. However in the next few weeks damage may be more evident. Citrus growers continue to use protective measures at night and early mornings in efforts to protect against freeze damage.
Lettuce and various row crops that were damaged by frost continue to be assessed. Temporary greenhouses continue to be built over blueberry fields to aide pollination. Vegetable crop field activities remain minimal at this time.
Livestock and poultry:
Foothills continue to benefit from previous rains as soil moisture is good. Germination remains ideal as new vegetation continues. Cattle prices remain steady at $125.00 cwt.
Bare-root roses are being shipped to Texas, Arizona and Mexico. Wholesale nurseries exports have picked up, shipping various plants to Canada. In addition the domestic market has also increased with shipments going to Texas, Arizona, Utah, South Carolina and North Carolina. Wholesale nurseries are also receiving large quantities of liners for propagation.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.