For the week ending April 13, 2013.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Wheat fields are heading out and reaching maturity. Oats and other grain crops are growing well having benefited from last week’s light rainfall. Corn is being planted, and has started emerging and growing rapidly. Alfalfa fields are starting to emerge out of dormancy with warming seasonal temperatures and being cut and baled. Some fields are being irrigated with ponding water from dairies. Cotton is being planted and is starting to emerge.
Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, And Grapes:
Orchards and vineyards continue to be sprayed with herbicides to control weeds. Pistachios are in bloom. Almond and pistachio exports continue to be shipped throughout Asia and Europe. Grape vine grafting to new varieties is still active. Stone fruit orchards are leafing out and bearing fruit. Irrigation continues in stone fruit orchards and grape vineyards. Walnuts orchards are being irrigated.
Citrus trees are now blooming. Late season navel harvest continues, with fruit continuing to be packed for domestic markets, and export to Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Japan, China, Peru, Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Valencia oranges are being packed for export to Southeast Asia. Lemons are being packed for domestic markets and exported to Mexico, China, and Japan.
Warm weather is benefiting vegetable growth. Italian squash continue to grow rapidly. Later planted squash remain under hot caps while earlier planted squash are growing out in the open.
Cold storages are receiving blueberries from Kern County and small amounts are being exported to Taiwan. Strawberries are being harvested.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland conditions are fair. Struggling vegetation greatly benefited from last week’s precipitation, however, more late spring rainfall is needed to sustain forage for range cattle. Fed cattle price is around $127/cwt.
Small volumes of bare-root roses are being shipped to domestic markets. Other nursery stock is being shipped to domestic markets to meet spring demands.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.