Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending November 2, 2019
Small grains, other field crops: Late Black-eyed bean plantings are being harvested. Fields are being tilled and pre-irrigated for winter forage and grain crops. Winter grain crop planting has started. Some fields are being laser leveled for better irrigation. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled on an ongoing basis. Cotton harvest is in full swing.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Some Stone fruit orchards are being pushed out in preparation for replanting, while other orchards are being pruned after harvest. Peaches continue to be exported to Canada, British Columbia, and Mexico. Table grapes continue to be picked in some areas and also are being exported to Australia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Tobago, and Ecuador. Some hail damage from earlier in the year and mildew are showing up in some grapes. Some late variety grape vineyards remain covered with plastic sheeting to protect the grapes from rain. Some old harvested grape vineyards continue to be pushed out and dried for burning. Pistachios and walnuts are being harvested throughout the County of Tulare. Walnuts are exported to Italy and Turkey. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Australia, Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and the Netherlands. Persimmon export continues to Mexico and domestic markets. Almonds are being exported to Cyprus, Spain, Korea, Japan, Israel, Jordan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Bahrain, Turkey, Barbados, Colombia, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Golden and Red kiwifruit are being harvested and exported to Australia and Japan. Pomegranates are being harvested and exported to Korea, Australia, Japan, and Mexico.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: The Valencia harvest is nearly complete. Navel orange maturity is progressing ideally with sugar ratios steadily increasing. The picking and receiving of navel oranges has started sporadically, including receiving navel oranges from areas south of Tulare County. A few old citrus fields continue to be pushed out, dried, burned, and ripped to prepare fields for replanting. Packing will begin this week for Mandarins. Olive harvest is continuing. Lemon harvest should begin soon and the crop looks good. Limes are being harvested and exported to China and the Netherlands. Hybrid grapefruit, Melogold and Oro Blanco, are being exported to Korea and Japan.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, berries: Bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeños, and squash continue to be harvested. Certified producers are picking the last of their summer tomatoes. Strawberry growers have stripped fields and removed irrigation to prepare for fall plantings. In addition, fall strawberry crops continue to progress under plastic mulch. Blueberries are being pruned and prepared for the winter. Pumpkin patches throughout the County of Tulare are open for business.
Livestock and poultry: The cooler fall weather is helping with milk production at local dairies. The fed-cattle price is at $110 per cwt. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Non-irrigated pastures at lower elevations are poor, but the quality gets better in higher elevation.
Tom’s additional comments: Ornamental nursery stock continues to be sent to domestic markets. Producers also continue to receive ornamental nursery stock from out of state producers. Bare root roses are being received.
Prepared by Tom Tucker
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer