For the week ending
Jan. 11, 2014.
Small grains and
other field crops:
Alfalfa fields remain in a state of winter dormancy. Silage and winter grains that have been planted continue to suffer from a lack of rain. Dryland plantings are also suffering from drought conditions, and are not germinating. Recently growers have reported some crop loss in winter grains due to the December freeze.
These growers do not plan to replant until spring, and then for summer crops. Irrigated fields continue to maintain growth.
Deciduous tree fruits,
nuts, and grapes:
Kiwi and grape vines are being pruned, along with walnut, pecan, pistachio, and deciduous fruit tree orchards. Kiwifruit still in cold storage continue to be shipped to domestic markets and Mexico. Persimmons are still being harvested and sold at roadside stands.
Citrus, avocados, and olives:
Navel oranges continue to be harvested and exported to Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, and Korea. Lemon exports continue to Australia, Chile and Japan. The December freeze has increased the sending of fruit to the juice plants directly from the groves in order to salvage something from badly impacted groves. Growers and packers are still assessing the damage in citrus groves, and are trying to get a handle on crop loss. The harvest of Satsuma Mandarin and Clementine tangerines is winding up as export demand declines. The harvest of W. Murcott tangerines is expected to begin as early as next week.
Fields are being prepared and planted with winter vegetable crops. Onions continue to grow. Broccoli is growing well.
Livestock and poultry:
Cattle continue to require supplemental feeding and nutrients. Drought conditions continue to effect lower elevation water sources. Any vegetation that was evident in December is suffering due to the drought and cold temperatures. Rainfall is vital to germinate a new stand of rangeland and pasture.
Bare-root roses are being packaged and shipped to eastern states.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.