Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending September 29, 2018
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn and sorghum continue to be harvested for silage. Alfalfa continues to be cut, dried, and baled for hay. Cotton is in full bloom with bolls set. Black-eyed beans are now being cut and placed in windrows.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS & GRAPES: The stone-fruit season continues on, yet the season is nearing an end for some packing houses. Peaches, nectarines, and plums continue to be exported to Mexico, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Guatemala, the Philippines, and China. Apricots continue to be exported to Mexico. Some stone-fruit orchards continue to be removed after harvest to make way for new plantings. Almond harvest continues, with exports to Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Korea, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Spain. Harvest continues for pistachios, with nuts being exported to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, and Germany. Table grapes are being shipped domestically and exported to Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, China, Nicaragua, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Plastic tarping is being used on late-variety grapes to protect them from rain. Raisin grapes continue to be picked for sun-drying, with some completing the drying process and being picked up. Quince is being harvested, with exports to Mexico. The harvest of Asian pears continues, with exports to Panama. Persimmons continue to mature and develop external color. Early variety pomegranate harvest continues, with some exports to Australia and New Zealand. Walnuts continue to develop and are nearing maturity in most areas, with some beginning to be harvested.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS & OLIVES: Valencia oranges continue to be packed for domestic markets, with some exports to Mexico, China, Hong Kong, and Korea. For many packing houses, the Valencia season has concluded. Finger Lime harvest has begun, with exports to China, France, and the Netherlands. Citrus groves continue to be hedged and skirted. Citrus budding has begun for some varieties. Most olives have reached maturity and are beginning to be harvested.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS & BERRIES: Various summer vegetables continue to be grown and sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets, including assorted peppers, squash, Zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. Strawberry beds are being prepared and planted.
LIVESTOCK & POULTRY: Pasture conditions remain poor. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain continues. The Fed Cattle price is at $109 per 100 weight.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Fall shipments of nursery stock from local wholesale nurseries continue. Fall varieties of ornamentals, such as Camellias, are being shipped domestically.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer