Tulare County Crop Report for week ending May 5
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Some fields are emerging. Winter wheat and oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Alfalfa is being cut and baled. Ground preparation is continuing for spring forage and row crops. Cover crops are being incorporated into the soil.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Vineyards are leafing-out and some are in the early stages of flowering. Leaf removal is being conducted in some vineyards. Early stone fruit are being harvested and shipped domestically. Immature fruit on later varieties is being thinned. New orchards are being planted. Cherries are being picked and shipped both domestically and some exported to Korea. Pomegranates, persimmons, and kiwis are blooming. Kiwi pollen is being harvest and used to pollinate other blocks. Walnuts and pistachios are starting to bloom. Last season’s pistachio nuts are being exported to China, India, and the Philippines. This season’s almonds are developing nicely. Almonds in storage are being shipped to Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Trinidad and Tobago.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges are being picked and exported to China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Seedless tangerine groves remain netted for the bloom. Grapefruit harvest is finishing up with exports of Star Ruby grapefruit to Guatemala, Japan, Korea, and Mexico. Citrus trees are being planted throughout the county. Olive trees are blooming.
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, with bloom and mature fruit being picked. Additional summer vegetable fields are now being prepared for planting.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage is still in good condition, and recent rains will benefit the new growth of grasses and forbs. The warm weather will accelerate drying, especially on south and west facing slopes. The fed cattle market is up to $122 per hundred-weight this week.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Retail nurseries are stocking up on both perennial and annual plants for Mother’s Day. Some mature olive trees are being dug for landscape purposes. Bare-root roses are still being processed and shipped to various states. Local wholesale nurseries are busy shipping nursery stock to local and out-of-state nursery outlets, in preparation for Mother’s Day.
Petal Fall was declared in District 2 beginning at 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer