Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending May 12
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Fields are emerging and growing well with the warm weather. Winter wheat and oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Small grains are also being chopped for silage. Alfalfa is being cut and baled. Cotton plants are in the second leaf stage. Crops are being irrigated.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Leaf removal is continuing in some vineyards to promote good air circulation. Early stone fruit are being harvested and shipped both domestically and for export. Immature fruit on later varieties is being thinned. Some orchards floors are being lined with reflective plastic to aid in fruit color. Cherries are being picked and shipped both domestically and exported. Last season’s pistachio nuts are being exported to Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Turkey. This season’s almonds are developing nicely. Almonds in storage are being shipped to Belgium, Brazil, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Trinidad and Tobago.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges harvest continues with exports to Japan and Korea. Seedless tangerine groves remain netted for the bloom. Citrus trees are being planted throughout the county. Older trees are being trimmed and skirted. Olive trees have finished blooming.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Cucumbers and Zucchini squash are blooming. Melons continue to grow. 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 late season rains benefited the 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 $124 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. Local wholesale nurseries are busy shipping nursery stock to local and out-of-state nursery outlets, in preparation for Mother’s Day.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer