Tulare County Crop Report for week ending October 5, 2019
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton harvest has begun. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut, dried, and baled. Corn and sorghum silage harvest is wrapping up. Black-eyed beans are being harvested.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit orchards continue to be harvested. Some stone fruit orchards are being pruned and topped, and the dried prunings continue to be shredded. Peaches continue to be exported to Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, and Thailand. Nectarines are being exported to Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Panama. Plums are being exported to Canada and Taiwan. Asian pears are being sent to domestic markets. Table grapes continue to be harvested and exported to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Raisins are being rolled and picked up for processing. Walnut nuts are being harvested and exported to Italy and Turkey. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Turkey. The majority of almond orchards have been harvested. Almonds are being exported to Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the Philippines. Golden and Red kiwifruit are being harvested and exported to Japan and El Salvador. Pomegranates are being sent to domestic markets, and are being exported to Australia and New Zealand. Pineapple quince and Fuyu persimmons are showing color.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges continue to be harvested and shipped to domestic markets and are being exported to El Salvador, Korea, and Mexico. Some citrus groves are being pruned, hedge rowed, and skirted. Olive harvest is continuing. Lemons from desert regions are being picked and transported to local citrus packing house to be packed for domestic and export markets. Limes are being harvested and exported to China, and the Netherlands. Old citrus trees are being pushed out and replaced with new plantings.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Certified producers are growing cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and peppers, to sell at local Farmer’s Markets. Summer vegetables and watermelons continue to be sold at roadside stands. Strawberry fields at roadside stands are being planted.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Local cattle ranchers are supplemental feeding their livestock. Beef cattle have been brought down from summer grazing in the mountains to winter rangelands at lower elevations. The fed-cattle price is at $103 per cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Roses are being sent to Texas and Arizona.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer