Small Grains And Other Field Crops:
Beans, silage corn and Sudan grass are showing good growth. Black-eyed bean fields are continuing to mature. Early plantings of Silage corn are being harvested, and Sudan grass cutting and baling continues. Alfalfa fields continue to be cut and baled. Cotton fields are maturing, and showing increased boll set.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Peaches, nectarines, and plums continue to be harvested. The domestic demand and prices for stone fruit remains stead. Exports continue to Australia, China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand. Harvested stone fruit orchards continue being topped. Grape maturity, color, and berry size continue to increase. Flame Seedless, Summer Royal, Sugarone, Sweet Sunshine, Thompson Seedless, and Princess varieties are being harvested for fresh table grapes. Grapevine training and pruning, to increase light penetration and enhance color, continues. Raisin grapes are being harvest and laid on trays for drying. Kiwifruit continue sizing normally. Pomegranate fruit continues to develop in size and maturity, some harvesting has started. Almond harvest is well underway in Tulare County. French prune harvest has begun in central Tulare County.
Valencia orange harvest continues with over 85% of the crop harvested. Re-greening of the Valencia orange crop continues to be an issue for processors, and export quality fruit has diminished. Packers are sweating and color sizing excessively green fruit. Shipments continue to be sent to both domestic and foreign markets. Exports are still being sent to Mexico, Japan, and Korea. Growers continue irrigating and skirting citrus groves. Olive fruit continues sizing normally, with a heavy set observed in some orchards.
Herbs, And Berries:
Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, pepper and beans continue to be picked for sale at local Farmer’s Markets.
Livestock And Poultry:
Range conditions are very dry with little forage for cattle to feed on. Supplemental feeding of hay and grain continues to cattle at the lower elevations. Herds have been reduced to manage cattle in a short feed situation. Available water at lower elevations continues to decline because of the dry conditions. Upper elevation pastures are still in pretty good condition, with sufficient feed and water
Shipments from local wholesale nurseries are down due to the summer heat and dwindling plant inventories. New irrigation wells are being drilled due to lower water tables.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.