For the week ending Sept. 29, 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. Cotton, corn, and alfalfa fields continue to be irrigated. Most cotton bolls have opened in cotton fields, and defoliant applications have started.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes:
Table grapes are being exported to China, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico, Vietnam, and Australia. The major varieties that are being exported are Red Flame, Autumn Royal, Red Globes, and Thompson Seedless. Chardonnay wine grapes are being harvested. Raisins that have completed the drying process have been collected from the vineyards and sent for processing. Demand remains strong for late varieties of peaches, nectarines, and plums, as the stone fruit season starts to wind down. Angelino plums are plentiful this time of year. Plums and nectarines continue to be exported to Brazil, Canada, British Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Taiwan, and Tahiti. Domestic prices have stayed strong throughout the summer, and have decreased the amount of stone fruit exports slightly. Almond and Pistachio harvest are at full-steam throughout the county. Walnut orchards are being shaken, and harvest is underway. Pomegranates are being picked and exported to Brazil, Spain, and Korea. Pomegranates are meeting maturity testing requirements. Some north county varieties of Asian Pears are being picked and packed. Apples in northern Tulare County are being dipped for Candied Apples and shipped to Alberta, and British Columbia.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
Valencia oranges continue to be picked and packed throughout the county. Most Valencia exports are going to Mexico, China, and the Philippines. Valencias are being treated due to regreening issues, and oversized fruit is being juiced. Small loads of Valencias are being shipped by air to Korea. Olives continue to mature and gain size. The olive harvest is getting underway.
Vegetables, melons, and berries:
Black-eyed peas are being cut and windrowed in the southern part of the county. Eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, and other vegetables continue to be harvested.
Honeydew melons continue to be harvested. Pumpkins are progressing well, and should produce a good crop this fall season.
Livestock and poultry:
Rangeland is dry and continues to pose a fire hazard. Lower elevation pastures are stable with below average feed volume.
Citrus trees continue to be planted and shipped throughout the county.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.