For the week ending
Oct. 26, 2013.
Small Grains & Field Crops:
Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled. Black-eyed beans continue to be harvested. Silage Sudan and corn harvest is ongoing. Milo is maturing nicely, and should be ready for harvest. Cotton defoliation has been completed, and picking is in full swing.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts & Grapes:
Late variety red plums are being picked and shipped to Mexico. Table grape harvest is ongoing, and exported to China, Mexico, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Colombia, Panama, and New Zealand. Kiwifruit is being harvested and shipped to Mexico. Walnuts harvest is continuing, with nuts being exported to Hong Kong. Pistachio harvest is slowing. Pistachios are being exported to Taiwan, Luxemburg, India, Hong Kong, Spain, Netherlands, and Israel. Pomegranates are being exported to Australia, Brazil, and Nicaragua. Persimmons are being shipped to Costa Rica. Caramel apples are being exported to Canada.
Citrus, Avocados & Olives:
Navel oranges are being picked and packed. Maturity tests are looking good. Some oranges are being exported to Mexico. Oroblanco grapefruit are being sent to Japan and Korea. Olives continue to be harvested. This year’s crop has been observed to be sizing well, with a heavy crop in some groves.
Vegetables, Melons & Berries:
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:
Weather continues to be dry, and considerable fall rain is needed to improve rangeland conditions. Supplemental feeding is still necessary for cattle. The price for fed-cattle is steady.
Retailers are offering fall color and spring annuals.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.