Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Nov. 4
TULARE COUNTY CROP REPORT
For week ending Nov. 4, 2017
SMALL GRAINS & OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton is still being harvested for lint and seed. Alfalfa fields are still going strong, and continue to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Black-eyed beans are being harvested and processed. Most summer crops have been harvested, and fields are being worked and having fertilizer spread for winter planting.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, & GRAPES: Plums in cold storage are being shipped to Mexico. Pruning has started in some stone fruit orchards. Some old orchards are being removed and prepared for replanting. Quince are being shipped to Canada. Pomegranates are being harvested and exported to Australia, Korea, and Mexico. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Australia, the European Union, Hong Kong, and Israel. Walnuts continue to be harvested and exported to China. Table grape harvest is nearing completion, and grapes are being exported to Australia, Costa Rica Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, and Taiwan. Thompson seedless grapes are being rolled and picked up for raisins. Kiwifruit are being harvested, and exported to Mexico. Persimmon harvest is underway, with the cooler weather helping external color. Some persimmons are being shipped to domestic markets, as well as exported to Australia and Mexico
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, & OLIVES: Navel orange harvest is underway, with early varieties being packed for the domestic market. Citrus orchards are being skirted and trimmed for the coming season. Melogold grapefruit are being picked and exported to Japan and Korea. Finger limes are being exported to the European Union. Lemons and limes are being picked and shipped domestically. The olive harvest is almost over, and some groves are starting to be pruned.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, & BERRIES: Squash, carrots, asparagus, cauliflower, tomatoes, yams, turnips, and fall vegetables are in season. Some strawberries continue to grow.
LIVESTOCK & POULTRY: Cattle and calves have been brought down from mountain meadows to winter pastures at lower elevation. Some supplemental feeding is required. The fed cattle market price is up to $111.00 per hundred weight. Harvested grain fields continue to be sheeped-off in southern portions of the county.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nursery shipments continue to be slow. Wholesale nurseries are shipping small amounts of stock to local and out-of-state retail outlets. Bare-root roses are being received and processed for reshipment out-of-state. New ag wells continue to be drilled.
Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer