Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Grain silage harvest is continuing, while wheat grain is now drying for harvest. Alfalfa is being mowed and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being irrigated. Double crop corn is being planted where winter wheat has already been harvested. Fertilizers are being applied for corn. Cotton is growing, and is currently in the second leaf stage. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Asian markets.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Last year’s almond and pistachio crops are still being exported both raw and processed. The main markets are Europe, Asia, and South America. Stone fruit is being packed and shipped worldwide, while late-season varieties are still being thinned. Orchard surveys are being conducted on stone fruit for export to Mexico. Domestic markets for stone fruit continue to be strong. Grapes are being irrigated, with excellent growth. Some leaf thinning is occurring in grapes to help with sunlight and air flow. Insecticides are being sprayed on almonds and walnuts.
Late navel orange harvest is almost complete. Valencia orange harvest continues. Oranges are being exported to Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
The Italian squash harvest continues. Blueberries are being harvested and packed. Blueberries are being shipped domestically and to Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Strawberries continue to be harvested and sold at roadside fruit stands.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland feed and water are still in short supply due to the dry, hot weather. The Fed-cattle Market is down $2 from last week, at $126/cwt.
Certified producer inspections continue for the Certified Farmers Markets. Bare-root rose shipments continue to be small in domestic markets. Other spring and summer nursery stock is being shipped domestically.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.