For the week ending
May 31, 2014.
Small Grains & Other Crops:
Alfalfa fields continue to be cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being irrigated. Harvested grain fields are being replanted with Black-eyed peas, corn, and Sudan grass. Corn is being fertilized to enhance growth. Cotton is growing well. Dryland grains are suffering because of the drought, and many are being disked under.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts & Grapes:
Apricots, peaches, plums, and nectarines are being picked and packed for domestic orders and export. Export destinations include Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, El Salvador, and Australia. Workers are still in the vineyards pulling leaves to allow for better air flow and sunlight. Bunches are being thinned and tipped. Almonds and walnuts are sizing well and earlier than past years. Almonds and pistachios are being exported in both raw and processed forms. Pistachios are being exported to China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Israel.
Citrus, Avocados & Olives:
Valencia orange harvest is almost done. Oranges are being shipped to the European Union, the Middle East, and South America. Some orange groves are being pulled due to the lack of water. Olives are setting and sizing fruit.
Vegetables, Melons & Berries:
Summer vegetable planting is in full-swing, with some fruit already set. Strawberries continue to be harvested and sold at roadside stands. Blueberries are being picked and shipped to domestic, with high demand. Blueberries are being exported to Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and Canada. Melons, tomatoes, and eggplant are growing well. 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. Due to the lack of quality feed, supplemental feeding is essential to range cattle. The fed-cattle market price was $1 lower at $146/cwt. Cattle are being moved up to higher elevation pastures.
Wholesale nurseries continue to ship locally and out-of-state.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.