Tulare County Crop Report

TULARE CO. CROP REPORT

For the week ending

Aug. 30, 2014

Small Grains And

Other Field Crops:

Alfalfa is being cut, dried, and baled. Second crop silage sorghum is making excellent progress, with some heading noted. Sudan grass is being cut and baled. Cotton is showing good growth, with fields in full bloom. Black-eyed beans are in various stages of development, with some pods drying. Silage corn continues to be harvested. Some fields that would normally be planted to a second crop are being left fallow due to water issues.

Deciduous Tree Fruits,

Nuts, And Grapes:

Table grape harvest is moving along nicely, with exports to China, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Some raisin grapes are being rolled and binned. Peaches, plums, nectarines, and inter-specific plums continue to be picked, packed, and shipped to both local and foreign markets. Domestic market demand remains strong. Stone fruit continues to be exported to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, and Australia. Fruit quality and size are excellent. Asian pears are being harvested and packed for export to Mexico. Almond harvest is now in full swing. 2013 walnuts are being exported to Canada. Walnut orchards are being prepared for the coming harvest season. Current season pistachio harvest has begun. Some pomegranates are being harvested.

Citrus, Avocados,

And Olives:

Valencia orange harvest continues. Citrus re-greening is an ongoing problem. Citrus groves are being skirted and pruned for insect control. Olives continue maturing normally, but the crop appears to be light.

Vegetables, Melons,

And Berries:

Summer vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, peppers, squash, eggplant, and cucumbers are being harvested. Sweet corn harvest is continuing, with roadside stands open around the county. Honeydew melons are being harvested.

Livestock And Poultry:

Severe drought conditions continue to affect rangeland pastures. Feed costs for cattle producers remain high. Due to the lack of quality feed, supplemental feeding is essential for range cattle. The price for fed-cattle dropped by $5, to $155/cwt.

Additional Comments:

Summer heat has slowed the shipment of wholesale nursery stock. Citrus nurseries are still shipping stock.

-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.

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