Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending June 9
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: With wheat silage harvest almost completed, most fields that are being replanted with summer beans, silage corn, Sudan grass, and silage sorghum. Cultivation of these crops continues for weed control. Wheat harvest for grain has begun, and the byproduct wheat straw is being baled for livestock consumption. Wheat, oats, and barley hay are also being baled. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled. Alfalfa drying conditions are ideal with the current warm dry weather.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Early variety peach, nectarine, and plum harvest is tapering off. Stone fruit is also being exported to Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. White nectarines and peaches are being exported to Taiwan and Brazil. Cherries are being picked and packed for domestic consumption, as well as being exported to Mexico. Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue to be irrigated. Herbicides and mowing are being used to control weeds and grasses in walnut and almond orchards. Almonds and pistachios continue to be exported to China, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the European Union. Grapevines are being thinned to allow more sunlight.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Some navel oranges continue to be picked and packed for the domestic market. The navel orange season is almost finished. Most packing sheds are closing down for routine maintenance or they are packing Valencia oranges. Valencia orange harvest continues, with exports being sent to Japan, Korea, and various Asian markets. Star Ruby Red grapefruit is being harvested and packed for the United States, Mexico, and Korea. The netting on many of the mandarin groves is being removed.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Summer vegetables are being planted as temperatures are rising. Strawberry harvest is nearing the end with increasing seasonal temperatures. Blueberries are being exported to Japan, Taiwan, and the European Union.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland water and feed conditions are fair. Grass is more abundant at higher elevations. Fed Cattle Market prices are at $112/cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Surface water deliveries are meager compared to last year. Many farmers across the Tulare County are relying solely on ground water. Certified Producer inspections continue for Certified Farmers Markets. Bare root rose shipments are slowing down.
Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer