Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Most wheat is in the heading or ripening growth stages of development. Corn seedlings that have previously emerged from the soil continue to grow rapidly. Some alfalfa fields continue to be cut and windrowed.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Grape vineyards continue leafing out. Thinning of fruit in stone fruit orchards continues. The initial stages of grape bloom development are visible. Stone fruit orchards and vineyards continue to be irrigated. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in various vineyards and groves. Almond and pistachio shipments continue to Europe, Asia, and South America.
Citrus trees continue blooming. Shipments of citrus trees are being received and planted in the district. Small amounts of freeze damage continue to be found in packed citrus fruit. The Valencia orange harvest is accelerating. Packed oranges continue to be sent mainly to export markets in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, with small amounts going to domestic markets. Shipments of lemons are being exported to Korea. Golden nugget, Tango, and Murcott tangerine harvest is winding down with about 95% of the crop already harvested.
Early planted Italian squash has started to be harvested. Late planted squash plants have now had their hot caps removed. Warm weather continues to benefit vegetable growth. Strawberries continue to be harvested, and are being sold at road side stands. Cold storages continue to receive blueberries from Kern County. Blueberries are being exported to Japan and Taiwan.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland is fair and cattle are being moved from lower elevation pastures to upper elevations.
More rainfall is needed for more vegetation growth. Fed cattle market held steady from last week and prices remained at $127/cwt.
A small volume of bare root roses are being shipped to markets in Delaware, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. Ornamental nursery stock shipments are being received at wholesale nurseries. Multiple growing site inspections for certified farmer’s market certification are being conducted.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.