Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 6, 2019
SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Calf starter pellets are being shipped to Qatar.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Almond, cherry, and early plum fruit is sizing well. Some bee keepers are moving hives out of the orchards and into the foothills. Stone fruit orchards are still in bloom. Stored almonds are going to Korea, India, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Colombia, Malaysia, Belgium, Chile, Australia, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Israel, Taiwan, Indonesia, Sweden, Singapore, and the Philippines. Pistachios are being exported to Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Turkey, India, Germany, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, New Zealand, Vietnam, South Africa, the Philippines, and Israel. Pistachio trees are being planted. Walnuts are starting to bloom.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Late Lane navel oranges continue to be harvested and packed. Some orange groves are being topped and skirted. Some citrus groves are blooming. Navel oranges are being exported to New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Dominican Republic. Valencia oranges are being sent to China, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore. Mandarins are being packed for the domestic market and exported to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, and Japan. Lemons continue to be harvested and exported to Japan, Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Minneola tangelos and grapefruit are being sent to Japan, Korea, and Cambodia. Pummelos are being exported to Australia and New Zealand. Olives continue to bloom.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: The preparation of fields for spring vegetable planting has increased due to the warmer weather and appropriate soil moisture. Strawberries are being harvested. Blueberries are starting to be harvested and exported to Canada and Taiwan. New blueberry fields are being planted.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage is in good condition, and warmer weather is enhancing growth. The break in the rain is helping milk production.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Wholesale nurseries are increasing shipments to local and out-of-state nurseries for the spring planting season. Bare-root roses continue to be processed and exported to Texas.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer