For the week ending
Aug. 3, 2013.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Late planted Black eye bean fields are setting pods. Early plantings of silage corn are being harvested, and the cutting and baling of Sudan grass is well underway. Alfalfa fields continue to be cut and baled, with excellent drying conditions.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Peaches, nectarines, plums, and some late-variety apricots continue to be harvested.
Approximately 50% of the stone fruit crops have been harvested. The domestic demand and prices for stone fruit remains steady. Large volumes of exports continue to Canada, China, Mexico, and Taiwan. Smaller amounts are also being sent to Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Polynesia, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, the Philippines, and Thailand. The Australian market recently opened to stone fruit imports, and preparations are underway to begin shipping our fruit there. The canopies of some harvested stone fruit orchards continue being topped, while other orchards are being pushed out for new crops. Grape maturity, color, and berry size continue to increase. Flame Seedless, Summer Royal, Sugarone, Sweet Sunshine, Thompson Seedless, and Princess are being harvested for fresh table grapes. Kiwifruit continue sizing normally. Pomegranate fruit continue to develop in size. Ground preparation is underway in almond orchards for upcoming harvest.
Citrus, Avocados & Olives:
Valencia orange harvest continues with about 55% of the crop harvested. Shipments continue to be sent to both domestic and foreign markets. Exports are being sent to Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Mexico and Aruba. Growers continue irrigating and skirting citrus groves. Olive fruit continues sizing normally with a heavy set observed in some orchards.
Vegetables, Melons & Berries:
Certified producers are harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, pepper and beans for sale at Farmer’s Markets.
Livestock & Poultry:
Range conditions are very dry with little forage for cattle to feed on. Supplemental feeding of hay and grain to cattle continues.
Shipments from local wholesale nurseries are down due to summer heat and dwindling plant inventories. New irrigation wells are being drilled due to lowering water tables.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.