For the week ending
Jan. 18, 2014.
Small grains and
other field crops:
Alfalfa fields remain in a state of winter dormancy. Silage, winter grains and dryland plantings continue to suffer from drought conditions and are not germinating. Winter grain growers continue to report crop loss as a result of the December freeze, with no plans to replant at this time. 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 storagecontinue to be shipped to domestic markets and Mexico. Persimmons are still being harvested and sold at roadside stands.
Almonds and pistachios are being exported to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The last grapes in storage are being shipped domestically or to Mexico. Orchards are being irrigated to make up for the lack of rain.
Citrus, avocados and olives:
Navel oranges continue to be harvAested and exported to Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Korea. Lemon exports continue to Australia, Chile, Japan and Indonesia. Fruit from hard-hit groves is being moved directly to the juice plants. 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. Murcott tangerine harvest is underway.
Fields are being prepared and planted with winter vegetable crops. Onion, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage plantings continue 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 because of the drought and cold temperatures.
Rainfall is vital to germinate a new stand of rangeland and pasture. The fed-cattle market was $6-$7 higher compared to last year, as most feedlots across the country reported sales of $137-$138 per cwt.
Local wholesale nurseries are also shipping various plants to states in the southeast.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.