Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending December 1, 2018
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Recent rain will help planted winter forage crops to germinate. Cotton fields are being shredded and disked in advance of the Cotton Plowdown deadline, Dec. 20.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Table Grape harvest is ending, with exports going to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Fiji, and New Zealand. Wine grapes are still being harvested. Almonds are being exported to Belgium, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, India, and Germany. Pistachios are being exported to Spain, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Walnuts are being exported to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Kiwifruit are being exported to Mexico. Persimmons are being exported to Mexico. A few shipments of plums from cold storage are being sent to British Colombia, Canada. Pruning in stone fruit orchards is ongoing.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Navel oranges, Mandarins, lemons and grapefruit continue to be harvested. Navel oranges are being sold on the domestic market as well as some export to Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Mandarins are being harvested and sold on the domestic market. Lemons are being exported to Mexico. Melogold hybrid grapefruit are being exported to Japan.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Some fall vegetables are still being harvested, and are available at local Farmer’s Markets.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Recent rains will germinate rangeland forage grasses. The Fed Cattle price remains stable at $114 per cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Wholesale nurseries continue to ship small amounts of nursery stock to retail outlets in other states as well as California. Bare root roses are being received, processed and shipped out to customers in other states.
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer