Tulare Co. Crop Report
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Wheat silage harvest is complete, and fields are being double cropped with summer beans, silage corn, Sudan Grass, and silage sorghum. Grain harvest has not yet begun. Cotton is in its second leaf stage and continues to be cultivated. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled. Alfalfa harvest continues with improving drying conditions due to the warm weather. Dry land grain fields are being turned under due to lack of moisture. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Early variety peach, nectarine, and plum harvest is beginning to slow down. Mid-season variety stone fruits are a few weeks from reaching maturity. Stone fruit exports to Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin American Countries remains strong. Walnuts set appear to be normal, and almond set appears slightly above normal. Herbicides and mowing are being used to control weeds and grasses in walnut and almond groves. Exports of almonds and pistachios to Hong Kong, India, Chile, and the European Union remain strong. Grape leaves are being thinned to allow sunlight in and air to circulate.
Late Navel orange harvest is winding down with some exports going to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, and Malaysia. Valencia orange harvest continues with exports being sent to Korea, Japan, and India. Citrus trees continue to shed weak fruit due to higher temperatures. Olive bloom has finished up. Pomegranate tree bloom is winding up.
Summer Vegetables are being planted as the June temperatures are rising. Strawberry harvest is nearing the end with increasing seasonal temperatures. Blueberry harvest is in full swing with exports going to Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and Canada. Cherries continue to be harvested for domestic sale.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland water and feed are poor at lower elevations. Cattle are being moved to higher elevations. Fed Cattle Market was down $1.00 lower with prices at $124/cwt.
New irrigation wells are being drilled or existing ones lowered due to lower water tables. Hot temperatures are causing increased irrigations. Nursery stock movement is almost complete for the season.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.