For the week ending
May 24, 2014.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Oats, Winter wheat, and other grains are being cut and dried to be baled. Wheat silage is being cut and stored for feed. Wheat grain fields are being finished and disked for planting to silage crops. Alfalfa fields continue to be cut, dried, and baled. Alfalfa is also being irrigated. Corn is being fertilized to enhance growth. Cotton is growing well.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Growers continue to irrigate and spray tree fruit orchards and vineyards. Field crews are still out in the stone fruit orchards thinning fruit on late varieties. Early varieties of peaches, plums, and nectarines are being picked and packed for domestic orders and export. Export destinations include Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. Workers are still in the vineyards pulling leaves to allow for better air flow and sunlight. Almonds and walnuts are sizing well and earlier than past years. Almonds and pistachios are being exported in both raw and processed forms.
Late navel and Valencia orange harvest is almost completed. Oranges are being shipped to the European Union, the Middle East, and South America. Olives are setting and sizing fruit.
Strawberries continue to be harvested and sold at roadside stands. Blueberries are being picked and shipped to domestic and export markets in Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Italian squash harvest continues. Black-eyed peas are being harvested and exported to Asian markets.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland pastures are in poor condition at the lower elevations. Cattle continue to require supplemental feeding and nutrients. The fed-cattle market price held steady at $147/cwt. Cattle are being moved up to higher elevation pastures.
Wholesale nurseries continue to ship locally and out-of-state. Potted roses are being shipped throughout the country, including Texas, Florida, and Tennessee.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.