For the week ending
June 15, 2013.
And Other Field Crops:
Wheat silage harvest is completed. Fields are now being planted with summer beans, silage corn, Sudan grass, and silage sorghum. Cultivation of these crops continues for weed control. Wheat for grain harvest has begun, and the byproduct wheat straw is being baled for use by livestock.
Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled. Alfalfa drying conditions are ideal with the current warm dry weather.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
The harvest of early-variety peaches, nectarines, and plums is tapering off. Mid-season variety stone fruit are getting close to maturity. Stone fruit exports to Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin American countries remain strong. Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue to be irrigated. Herbicides and mowing are being used to control weeds and grasses in walnut and almond orchards. Last season’s almonds and pistachios continue to be exported to Hong Kong, India, Chile, and the European Union. Cherry harvest is finishing, with remaining cherries ending up at the Farmer’s Markets.
Late navel orange harvest is nearing completion, with a few exports going to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, and Malaysia. Valencia orange harvest continues with exports being sent to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Regreening is becoming more common in Valencia oranges due to the higher temperatures.
Summer squash, cucumbers, and egg plants will be harvested in a few weeks. Blueberry harvest is slowing down in most parts of Tulare County. Strawberry harvest is nearing the end, due to the increasing seasonal temperatures. Many of the roadside strawberry stands are closing. Sweet corn harvest is beginning, with a few roadside stands opening and sales at the Farmer’s Markets.
Livestock And Poultry:
Fed-Cattle Market remains unchanged, with prices holding steady at $124/cwt.
Nursery stock movements continue. Hot temperatures have caused an increase in irrigation for all crops.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.