Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Alfalfa, oat, and straw fields are still being cut, dried and baled as weather permits. Silage corn has been planted and is growing. Manure has been spread over harvested fields for use as fertilizer. Cotton is still emerging and growing. Some cut hay was caught by the rain, but is still drying as the dry weather returns.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Grape leaf-thinning continues. Apricots, nectarines, and peaches are being picked and exported to Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. Some cherries are being harvested for domestic market. Other stone fruit orchards are still being culled. Insecticides are being applied to walnuts and almonds.
Navel orange harvest is over 90% complete, with Valencia harvest under 50%. Olive bloom is finishing up. Citrus bloom is complete. Netting over tangerines to prevent seeds is being pulled.
Pomegranate trees are in full bloom.
Certified producers continue to plant and harvest for Farmer’s Markets. Snap pea harvest is finished. Strawberries are being sold at fruit stands. Blueberries are being picked and exported to Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland feed and water are still experiencing fair to poor conditions. This week’s rain is too late for the lower range, and may degrade the nutritional value of what is left. The fed-cattle market is up $3-4.00 from last week, with prices at $129/cwt.
The planting of stone fruit and nut trees and vines is winding up. New plantings of citrus trees are underway at full swing.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.