For the week ending August 4, 2012.
Small grains and other field crops:
Alfalfa is in all stages of growth and harvest, higher yields have been observed in these early cuttings. Cotton is in full bloom. Silage corn continues to mature and some fields are being chopped. Irrigation continues to be applied on Cotton, corn, and alfalfa.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes:
2011 nut crops continue to be exported to Hong Kong, European Union, Israel, and India. Table grape harvest continues steadily with Flame Seedless and Summer Royals. Some Kern County Thompsons are being exported Via Tulare County based packing houses. Stone fruit is still being exported to Mexico, Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand, Guatemala, Brazil, and El Salvador. The majority of the stone fruit shipments continue to a strong domestic market. Fruit quality is good, and sizes trending towards the larger fruit. Prune exports to Columbia and Singapore continue.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
Valencia harvest has slowed. Ethylene gas continues to be used due to re-green fruit. Some exports are still going to Korea, Philippines, China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Vegetables, melons, and berries:
Summer vegetables including melons, tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, eggplant, corn, and gourds are being harvested. Honey Dew melons are being picked and packed, quality and maturity continue to be excellent.
Livestock and poultry:
Beef prices are holding at $116/cwt.
Nursery shipments have been moving this week, mainly to local retail markets. Grafting of citrus continues.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.