For the week ending
June 22, 2013.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Corn continues to be planted for silage production. Wheat harvested for grain is in full-swing, and wheat straw is being baled. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Orchards are being sprayed and irrigated. The harvesting of apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums continues. Stone fruit exports to Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin American countries remain strong. Domestic and foreign stone fruit demand and prices remain strong. Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue to be irrigated. Last season’s almonds and pistachios continue to be exported to Hong Kong, India, Chile, and the European Union.
Grape vineyards continue to be irrigated. Grape maturity is at least a week ahead of last year, and nine to ten days ahead of normal.
Late navel orange harvest is complete. Valencia orange harvest continues, with exported fruit being sent to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Citrus re-greening is becoming more common due to the higher temperatures, and has packers color sorting. Citrus growers are still monitoring and treating for thrips. Ruby Red grapefruit are being harvested for the domestic market. Some grapefruit are also being exported to Guatemala. Olive bloom is finished, and fruit is sizing normally.
Squash, cucumbers, and eggplant summer harvest has begun. Certified producers are picking tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers for sale at local Farmer’s Markets. Blueberry harvest is slowing down in most parts of Tulare County. Blueberry harvest remains strong in the southern part of Tulare County, near Richgrove. Strawberry harvest is nearing the end, with the increasing seasonal temperatures. Only a few roadside stands remain open. Sweet corn harvest is beginning with a few roadside stands opening and being sold at Farmer’s Markets.
Livestock And Poultry:
Fed Cattle Market has dropped $2.00 to $124/cwt. Range cattle feed conditions are very poor. Ranchers are supplementing range cattle with baled hay and some grain.
Hibiscus plants are being sent to Florida and Kentucky. Rose plants are being moved to Texas. Certified producers are still requesting site inspections. Hot temperatures have caused an increase in irrigation for all crops.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.