Tulare County Crop Report
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn for silage continues to mature, with some fields being harvested. Black-eyed beans are sizing up and pods are drying. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone fruit season continues. Peaches are being exported to Australia, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Nectarines are being exported to Australia, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Plums are being exported to Canada, Mexico, China, Thailand, Guatemala, Cambodia, Ecuador, and Thailand. Apricots are being exported to Canada. Hand-pruning and mechanical topping continues to take place in some stone fruit orchards, primarily after harvest. Some older stone fruit groves are being removed after harvest. Grapes continue to mature and harvest is under way. Grapes are being exported to New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Irrigation continues for grape vineyards. This year’s almond, pecan, walnut, and pistachio nuts continue to develop. Pistachios are being exported to Spain, Norway, China, Ecuador, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Almonds are being exported to India, China, Mexico, Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Chile, South Africa, the Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Colombia, and Viet Nam. Persimmons continue to develop. Irrigation continues for nut and stone fruit orchards as hot weather lingering.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges continue to be harvested. Valencia oranges are mainly being sent to domestic markets but they continue to be exported in small amounts to Mexico, China, and Hong Kong. Some citrus groves are being pruned and hedge rowed. Immature olives continue to develop.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Certified producers are picking eggplant, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon. Summer vegetables continue to be sold at roadside stands and farmer’s markets. Blueberries are being picked and sold by local growers. Strawberry growers are removing old plants and preparing for next year.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage is of fair-good quality, with some supplemental feeding occurring. The fed cattle price is steady at $112 per cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Local wholesale nurseries are still shipping small orders of nursery stock to local and out of state retail nursery outlets. Nurseries continue to receive new rootstocks of various flowers and plants. Shipments of bare-root rose continue to be sent to Florida.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer