For the week ending
Oct. 19, 2013.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled. Black-eyed beans continue to be harvested. Silage corn and sorghum harvest is ongoing. Cotton defoliation has been completed, and picking is in full swing.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Stone fruit harvest activities have come to an end. Late variety plums that are still in storage are being inspected and sent to Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. Nectarines are still being exported to British Columbia. Older stone fruit orchards are being pushed out, and preparations made for new plantings. Table grape harvest is ongoing, with exports going to Chile, China, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. Walnuts harvest is in full swing, with nuts being exported to Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Pistachio harvest is winding down. Pistachios are being exported to Mexico, Luxemburg, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Spain, Netherlands, and Israel. Pomegranates are being exported to Korea and Mexico.
Valencia oranges are still being picked and packed, but should be winding down soon. The local navel orange harvest is starting in several areas of the county. Olives continue to be harvested.
This year’s crop has been observed to be sizing well, with a heavy crop in some groves.
Fall vegetables can be seen in local stands. Pumpkin, squash, broccoli, cabbage, and eggplant are being sold in the local stands. A few strawberries are being sold at the roadside stands. Newly planted plots will be ready for spring harvest.
Livestock And Poultry:
Considerable fall rain is needed to improve rangeland conditions. Supplemental feed is still necessary for range cattle. The price for fed-cattle remains steady.
Retailers are offering fall color and spring annuals.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.