Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending July 28, 2018
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton continues to be irrigated, cultivated, and growing well. Alfalfa fields are making steady progress; and being irrigated, cut, and baled. Corn for silage continues to grow and will soon be ready for harvest.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit season continues with a busy demand for both domestic and export markets. The international market for stone fruit has increased, with shipments being exported to Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South and Central America. Summer pruning and topping of harvest stone fruit orchards continues. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in orchards with nutrient and pesticide sprays being applied to almonds, pistachios and grapes. Table grape harvest remains busy throughout the county, with harvested grapes being exported to Mexico, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, El Salvador and New Zealand. Pears are being harvested, with exports to Canada and the domestic market. As the season progresses, sweltering temperatures have increased the need for irrigation for all orchard crops and grapes.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia orange harvest continues primarily for the domestic market, with some small exports orders for Mexico and China. Re-greening is becoming more prevalent due to the higher temperatures. Packers are color sorting to compensate. Valencia fruit harvest is nearing an end due to the high temperatures and overall fruit availability.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Summer vegetable harvest continues for eggplant, Zucchini, Bell peppers, cucumbers, and Yellow squash. Roma tomatoes are still being shipped domestically.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Low elevation rangeland is dry and conditions are average. Cattle are still being moved to higher elevations. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain feeds continues. The Fed Cattle Market price is $110/cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Blistering temperatures have increased irrigation activities for all crops in Tulare County. Retail and wholesale nursery stock shipments have slowed to a trickle due to sweltering temperatures.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer