TULARE COUNTY CROP REPORT
For the week ending November 3, 2018
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS:
Cotton continues to be harvested, with fields being picked and baled throughout the county. Summer row crops are all but harvested, and fields are being tilled, fertilized, and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES:
The remaining peaches and plums are being exported to Mexico, Australia, and Canada. Old fruit trees are being pushed out in selective areas in favor of new plantings. Almond harvest continues, with exports to Belgium, Afghanistan, Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, India, Kuwait, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Harvest continues for pistachios, with nuts being exported to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, and Germany. Grapes are being shipped domestically, as well as exported to Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Raisin grapes are completing the drying process and being picked up. Persimmons are being picked. Pomegranates are being harvested and sent to Australia and Mexico. Walnuts are being harvested and processed domestically. Candied apples are going to Canada. Kiwis are being picked with some exports going to Mexico.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES:
Navel orange maturity is quite high, with averages ranging from 105-130. Early fruit is looking to be a bit smaller than usual. Navels are being exported to Mexico and shipped to domestic markets. Melogold grapefruit are being picked and exported to Korea and Japan. Some tangerines, grapefruit hybrids, and pomelos are also being picked. Lemons are being exported to Mexico. Valencia oranges are still in some packing houses, with some exports still to Korea. Finger Limes are being exported to China, France, and the Netherlands. Olives have reached maturity and are being harvested.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, AND BERRIES:
Various vegetables continue to be grown and sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets, including assorted peppers, sweet corn, squash, Zucchini, cilantro, eggplant, and tomatoes. Pumpkins are still available for those that want them.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY:
Pasture conditions remain poor, ranchers are hoping for a wet winter. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain continues. The Fed cattle price is at $113 per cwt.
Roses are being sent to Texas. Fall shipments of nursery stock from local wholesale nurseries to local retail nurseries continue. Fall varieties of ornamentals, such as Camellias, are being shipped domestically.
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer