Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending January 19, 2019.
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Late winter crops continue being planted. Recent rains have had a good impact on soil moisture, which benefits newly planted and existing fields. Wheat, oats and alfalfa are growing well; however, more sunny days are needed for better growth. Spraying for weeds is ongoing as the field conditions allow. Some fields continue being ripped and leveled in preparation for late winter and spring plantings.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Field activities on tree fruit orchards, nut orchards, kiwi vines, and grape vineyards continue being performed. Pre-emergent and contact herbicides also have begun to be applied on fields where accessible. However, pruning and herbicide spraying are expected to be on hold for the next couple days due to upcoming rains. Exporting of kiwifruit and pears is low during this week. Kiwifruit are being sent to Colombia. Pears are being exported to Chile. Inventory of table grapes in cold storages is very low, and quality is an issue. The last grape orders are being sent to Canada. Demand for exporting of pistachio has been increased. Pistachios are being exported to France, Turkey, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China and South Africa. Almonds and walnuts are primarily being shipped domestically.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Citrus harvesting and packing are ongoing as weather condition permit. Cara Cara and Blood oranges, Minneola tangelos, and lemons continue being harvested. Harvested navel oranges and lemons have shown good color. Lunar New Year is coming in a few weeks and citrus exporting to Asian countries is remained strong during this time of the year. Navel oranges continued to be exported to Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Grapefruits and pomelos continue to be sent primarily to Japan. Lemons continue being exported to China, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand. The domestic citrus market continues to be steady. Olive orchards continue to be pruned and debris shredded as the weather allows.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Blackberries and other berries are being pruned and maintained on trellis systems. Early variety strawberries are being grown under plastic for spring harvest. Lettuce and other leafy greens have benefited from recent rains and continue to mature. Seasonal winter crops continue to be harvested for local markets. Again, field activities have remained minimal during this week due to the rains.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: With the recent precipitation, moisture in the soil has stimulated growth and development of grasses in pastures and rangelands tremendously. Cattles are being relocated to foothill and valley pastures where the new grasses and forbs provide them with good nutrient sources. As the result of recent cool temperatures, dairy production is going strong.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Various nursery varieties are being sent to other states. Bare root roses, olive and other small fruit plants are being shipped to Washington, Louisiana, and Texas. Local wholesale nurseries continue preparing and planting more varieties for next season.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.