SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Winter wheat and oats are enjoying the latest rains, growth is excellent. Ground preparation is continuing for spring row crops. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Korea and Malaysia.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Vineyards are leafing-out. Stone fruit orchards are continuing to leaf-out as the bloom period comes to an end. New orchards are being planted. Bee apiaries remain in stone fruit orchards. Pomegranate and walnut orchards continue to be pruned. Pomegranates and persimmons are continuing to leaf-out. Pistachios are starting to bloom. Pistachio nuts are being exported to China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. Almonds are being shipped to India, Israel, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Sweden. Pecans are being exported to China and Israel. Kiwifruit from storage are being shipped to Mexico.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: The harvest of late variety navel oranges continues, and fruit are showing some grading issues. Some hedgerowing and skirting of orange groves continues to be performed. Navel oranges are being exported to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand. Citrus packing houses are starting to pack Valencia oranges. Seedless tangerine groves remain netted for the bloom. Lemons continue to be harvested and exported to Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. Some citrus trees are being planted. Bee keepers are starting to move hives into citrus and olives groves.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Squash and cucumber seedlings continue to grow in the fields. Greenhouse vegetables continue to be harvested. Strawberry and plantings are progressing well and maturing. This week’s warm weather will be a benefit. Greenhouse blueberries were exported to Taiwan.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rain is a boost for rangeland quality. The fed cattle market held relatively steady at $126.00 per hundred weight this week.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Retail nurseries are stocking up on both perennial and annual plants for the spring season. Shipments of bareroot roses continue to various U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Japan, and Korea. Some mature olive trees are being dug for landscape purposes.
Citrus Bloom was declared in District 1, beginning at 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning, March 31, 2018.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer