SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Good amounts of rain have insured ground moisture, which continues to improve the growth of alfalfa and grain crops. Recently planted seeds continue to thrive with ideal growth and development. Field activities have been on hold for a couple of days due to the recent rains, and will gradually be resumed in the next few days. Herbicides application to winter crops is continuing as weather conditions allow. Planting of late winter forage is finishing up
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Wet conditions have hampered field work on tree fruit orchards and grape vineyards. Farmers and growers have allowed the ground to dry for couple days before resuming any field actives, to avoid potential damages to root systems. As fields become accessible brush shredding in pruned orchards and vineyards are being performed. Application of soil amendments and pre-emergent herbicides are continuing. Kiwifruit are being repacked and primarily sent to domestic markets. There are more kiwi orders being shipped to foreign counties than last week. Kiwifruit are being exported to Panama, Mexico, Columbia, and the Dominican Republic. Nut exports are steady. Pistachios continue to be exported to Thailand, Morocco, India, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. Almonds are being shipped to Japan.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Rains have affected citrus exports for the last few days. Wet conditions have prevented harvesting, and only a few navel and Mandarin blocks are being picked. There are a lot of soft and puffy fruit that have been seen in boxes. Some packing houses have to delay shipping a few export orders until better fruit are available. However, citrus export demand is still steadily. Navels, Mandarins, and lemons continue to be packed and shipped to different countries. Navels are being sent to China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Lemons are being exported to Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand, and Mexico. Mandarins are being shipped to New Zealand and Australia. Minneola tangelos continue to be exported to Japan, and shipped to domestic markets. Harvesting and packing are expected to be very busy this week to make up for last week’s rainy weather
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Winter vegetable planting continues after a break due to the rains. Previously planted winter crops are doing well for the time of year. Onions are doing well after rainy days. Greenhouse crops such as cucumber, squash, cauliflower, and cabbage continue to be harvested for local markets. Activities in strawberry fields such as ground preparation and plastic covering for ground fumigation are going to be happening this week, when more sunny days are coming. Existing blueberry bushes continue to be pruned.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Recent wet weather has had a good impact on the grass and forb growth in rangeland pastures. More sunny days are still needed to hasten the growth of grassland. Foothills are covered with green grasses where more cattle are seen. Dairy production remains good.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Various nursery varieties continue to be shipped out of state. A lot of bare root rose orders are being sent to Texas, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Alabama, and Louisiana. Wholesale nurseries continue seeding and preparations for spring stocks.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer