For week ending Dec. 1, 2012
Small grains and other field crops:
Alfalfa fields continue to grow, as harvesting has slowed. Winter grain and winter forage crops
continue to be planted and wait for the forecasted rain. Cotton harvest is nearly complete with
harvested fields being shredded and plowed for pink bollworm control.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes:
Stone fruit orchards continue to be pruned. Pomegranates, Persimmons and Kiwi continue to be
harvested and shipped domestically. Grapes are still being harvested and shipped domestically as
well as exported to Central America, Mexico, Asia, and the South Pacific.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
Navel oranges, Mandarins and hybrid grapefruit continue to be harvested. Navel orange maturity
tests continue to be well above minimum standards. Gas is being applied to navels to improve
color. Navels are being exported to Asian, South Pacific countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
Hybrid grapefruit is being exported to Korea and Japan.
Vegetables, melons, and berries:
Winter vegetables cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage continue to be planted as earlier plantings
are being harvested.
Livestock and poultry:
Forecasted rains will improve rangeland pasture growth. Fed cattle market was steady with
reported sales of $125-126.00.
Bare root roses are being received and bare root berry plants are being shipped to southern states.
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer