And Other Field Crops:
Early planted grains are reaching maturity. Dryland grains are browning, and some have been disked under due to the early dry season. Alfalfa and forage hay is being mowed and baled. Raised beds have been formed, and corn and other row crops are being planted. Cotton continues to germinate and grow well with the hot weather.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Stone fruit is being thinned and reflective ground covering has been placed to help fruit color. Early varieties of stone fruit are being packed and exported. Walnut and pistachio bloom is finishing. Grape leaf thinning has begun.
Citrus harvest is slowing, with late navels and lemons still being packed and shipped domestically and exported. Transplanting of new citrus trees is continuing. A heavy bloom in olive trees has been observed.
Certified producers continue to plant and harvest for Farmers Markets. Strawberries are being sold at local fruit stands. Blueberries are being irrigated and prepped for picking.
Livestock and poultry:
Rangeland feed and water are still experiencing fair to poor conditions. The Fed Cattle Market is down $1 from last week, with prices at $126/cwt. Cattle are being moved to the higher elevations, and preparations are being made for a short feed year.
Spring nursery shipments are slowing.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.