Tulare County Crop Report week ending July 13, 2019
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Recently planted corn for silage continues to mature. Black-eyed beans continue to mature. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone fruit season is in full swing. Peaches are being exported to Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia. Nectarines are being exported to Canada, Brazil, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Australia, and Mexico. Plums are being exported to Canada, Taiwan, Australia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Apricots are being exported to Australia and Canada. Hand-pruning and mechanical topping continues to take place in some stone fruit orchards, after harvest. Immature stone fruit continues to develop. Some older stone fruit groves are being removed after harvest. Grapes continue to mature and harvest should begin soon. Some vineyards continue to have leaves thinned to allow for better airflow and light. Irrigation continues for grape vineyards. Almond, pecan, walnut, and pistachio nuts continue to develop. Persimmons continue to develop. Irrigation continues for nut and stone fruit orchards.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia and navel oranges continue to be harvested. Navel oranges are being sent to domestic markets only. Navel oranges are being juiced from the field. Gassing of Valencia oranges to improve color continues. Valencia oranges are mainly being sent to domestic markets, but they continue to be exported in small amounts to Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea. Ruby grapefruit are being exported to Mexico. Finger-limes are now being exported to France and the Netherlands. Some citrus groves are being pruned and hedge rowed. Immature olives continue to develop.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Certified producers are picking tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeño peppers, cucumbers, watermelons, and squash. Summer vegetables continue to be sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are being picked and sold by local growers.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage is of good quality. The fed cattle price is at $109 cwt per 100 weight.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Local wholesale nurseries are still shipping small orders of nursery stock to local and out-of-state retail nursery outlets. Nurseries continue to receive various flowers and plants daily. Bare-root rose shipments continue to be sent to Florida.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer