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 and still setting bolls. Open bolls have been noted in some fields. Black-eyed beans are in various stages of development, with some pods drying. Silage corn continues to be harvested.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Table grape harvest is moving along nicely, with exports to China, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Taiwan. Consumer demand for table grapes remains strong. Raisin grapes are being picked, dried, and binned. Late variety 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, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, 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. Early variety walnut harvest has begun. Pistachio harvest is underway. Pomegranates are being harvested. Pineapple quince are being picked and sent domestically. Summer pruning of stonefruit orchards continues, with older orchards being pushed out to make way for new plantings this winter.
Valencia orange harvest continues. Citrus re-greening is an ongoing problem. Oranges are being exported to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Mexico. The Valencia harvest should be completed by the last of the month. The developing navel orange crop is expected to be heavy. Olives continue maturing normally, but the crop appears to be light.
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, with good quality being reported.
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 $2, to $153 per hundred weight.
Summer heat has slowed the shipment of wholesale nursery stock. Citrus nurseries are still shipping stock. Mature olive trees are being shipped to Texas.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.