Tulare County Crop Report

For the week ending Sept. 22, 2012.

Small grains and other field crops:

Alfalfa fields continue to be cut, dried, and baled, and most should be on their 6th cutting. Fields producing silage corn, corn for grain, and sorghum are being harvested at an increasing rate. Cotton, corn, and alfalfa fields continue to be irrigated. Most cotton bolls have opened and defoliant applications are underway.

Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes:

Table grapes are being exported to China, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico and Australia. The major exported varieties are Red Flame, Autumn Royal, Red Globe, and Thompson Seedless. Chardonnay wine grapes are being harvested. Some raisin grapes are being vine-dried, while the majority is being placed on trays for drying. Raisins that have completed the drying process have been collected from the vineyards and sent for processing.

Demand for late varieties of peaches, nectarines, and plums are still strong, as the stone fruit season starts to wind down. Angelino plums are in large supply this time of year. Plums and Nectarines continue to be exported to Brazil, Canada, British Columbia, Colombia, Cost Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Taiwan, and Tahiti. Domestic prices have stayed strong throughout the summer, and as a result we’ve seen a slight decrease in the amount of stone fruit exported.

Almond and pistachio harvest is at full steam throughout the county. Walnut orchards are being harvested. Pomegranates are mature, and being picked and exported to Brazil and Korea. Some varieties of Asian pears have started to be picked and packed in the northern part of the county.

Citrus, avocados, and olives:

Valencia oranges continue to be picked and packed throughout the County. Most Valencia exports are being shipped to Mexico, China, and the Philippines. Valencias are being sorted for color due to re-greening, and oversized fruit is being juiced.

Vegetables, melons, and berries:

Black-eyed peas are being cut and windrowed in the southern part of the county. Eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and other vegetables continue to be harvested. Summer produce continues to be available at the Farmer’s Markets and roadside stands.

Livestock and poultry:

The rangeland is dry, and fire continues to be a concern. Water supplies at upper elevation pastures continue drying, and lower elevation pastures are stable, with below average feed volume. The cattle market remains steady @$124.00 per cwt.

– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.

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