Tulare County Crop Report for week ending June 30, 2018
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn planted for silage is almost complete, while some corn is beginning to develop ears. Sweet corn is being harvested and sold at roadside stands. Small grain harvest is more or less finished. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Cotton is showing good growth on early planted fields. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled. Summer beans continue to be irrigated and cultivated.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Orchards are being sprayed and irrigated. The harvesting of apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums continues, with many midseason varieties being harvested Stone fruit is being exported to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue to be irrigated. Walnut orchards are being sprayed for Codling Moth. Almonds and pistachios in storage continue to be exported to Hong Kong, India, Chile, and the European Union. Grape vineyards continue to be irrigated and weeds controlled.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia orange harvest continues for export and domestic consumption. Valencia oranges are being packed and exported to Japan, Korea, China, and various other Asian countries. Citrus greening is becoming more common due to higher temperatures, and packers are color sorting.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Yellow squash, Zucchini, Bell peppers, green Chili peppers, cucumbers, and egg-plant harvest has started. Certified producers are picking tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers for sale at local Farmer’s Markets. Most strawberry stands have closed due to the higher temperatures. Blueberry harvest is slowing down in the southern part of Tulare County. Blueberries are being exported to Canada, Japan, and the European Union.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Fed Cattle Market has fallen $2.00 to $112/cwt. Range cattle feed conditions are still poorer than at this time the last year. Rangeland feed conditions are poorer at lower elevations. Feed quantity and quality improve at higher elevations. Ranchers are supplementing cattle with purchased feed.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Certified Producers are still requesting site inspections. Hot temperatures have caused an increase in irrigation for all crops. Citrus nursery trees continue to move throughout the county in small amounts.
Prepared by Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer