Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending Dec. 30
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Seed is being shipped in and planted to winter forage crops such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains and forage mixes. Irrigation has been necessary to maintain growth. Last week’s rain, while welcome, was insufficient.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stored table grapes are being distributed to foreign markets in China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. Persimmons are continuing to be harvested, with some exports going to Mexico. Kiwifruit shipments have slowed, with some exports to Mexico and Taiwan. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Austria, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, and Vietnam. Almonds are being shipped to Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Pruning continues in vineyards, stone fruit and nut orchards.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: The navel orange harvest continues, with exports headed to Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. Pomelos are being harvested and sold domestically, as well as exported to China and Japan. Melogold hybrid grapefruit are being exported to Japan. Lemons are being exported to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Finger limes are being exported to France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Overnight temperatures continue to be a concern for citrus growers. Olive growers continue to prune groves.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Fields are being prepared and planted with winter vegetable crops. Lettuce continues to grow. Strawberries are growing at roadside stands.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: The lack of rainfall has left rangeland forage conditions poor. More rain is needed to help with germination and growth of rangeland forage. Supplemental feeding has been required. The fed cattle market price is holding at $120.00 per hundred weight this week.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Bare-root roses are being received and processed for reshipment out-of-state, mostly to Texas. Nursery shipments have slowed due to the winter weather.
Happy New Year!
Marilyn Kinoshita Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.