Tulare County Crop Report
For the week ending September 7, 2019
Small grains, other field crops: Cotton fields are in full bloom and bolls are filling. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled. Corn for silage is being cut and fall crops are growing nicely. Black-eyed beans are maturing and drying in fields.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Mature stone fruit continues to be harvested. Stone fruit orchards continue to be summer pruned and topped, and dried prunings are being shredded. Old, harvested stone fruit orchards continue to be pushed out and burned to clear fields for replanting. Peaches continue to be exported to Canada, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. Nectarines are being exported to Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, and Taiwan. Plums are being exported to Canada, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, and Thailand. Plouts are being exported to Canada, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, and Thailand. Harvesting of Asian pears continues to accelerate and are being sent to domestic buyers. Pecan, pistachio, and walnut nuts continue to develop. Pistachios have begun to be harvested and are being exported to China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and Thailand. Almonds are being harvested and are being exported to Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Table grapes continue to be harvested and exported to Australia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Some vineyards continue to have the leaves thinned to allow for better airflow, light, and to aid in harvesting. Kiwis and persimmons continue to develop. Pomegranate harvest is starting, with the picking of early varieties. Pineapple quince and Fuyu persimmons are showing color.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Valencia oranges are being harvested in very limited amounts, and are being exported to China, El Salvador, Mexico, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. The gassing of Valencia oranges continues in order to counter re-greening. Citrus trees are being whitewashed to prevent sunburn. Some citrus groves are being pruned, hedge rowed, and skirted. Grapefruit are being exported to Singapore. Star Ruby grapefruit are being harvested and packed for the domestic market. Immature olives continue to develop, with size looking good. Limes are being harvested but have yet to be exported. Finger limes are being picked from coastal locations to be exported to China and the Netherlands. Irrigation continues in tree fruit and citrus.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, berries: Certified producers are growing cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, Bell peppers, melons, eggplant, and Jalapeno peppers to sell at local Farmer’s Markets. Pumpkins are blooming. Increasing temperatures have benefited the squash growers. Summer vegetables and watermelon continue to be sold at roadside stands. Strawberry growers are taking old plantings out and preparing grounds for new strawberry plants for the fall.
Livestock and poultry: Local cattle ranchers are supplemental feeding their livestock. Beef cattle prices are lower due to full feed lots and slow summer market. Cow/Calf operations are grazing higher elevation pastures. The fed cattle price is at $105 per cwt.
Additional comments: Retail nursery shipments continue to be shipped in from out-of-county and a few from out-of-state.
Prepared by:Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer