For the week ending
Jan. 17, 2015.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
Field preparation and planting of winter wheat for grain and silage continues as weather conditions permit. The dense fog has hampered field activities this week. Wheat, oats, and other winter forage crops have germinated and are growing well, but more rain would be beneficial. Field cultivation for spring planting continues throughout the county.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Pruning and shredding continues in tree fruit and nut orchards and grape vineyards despite wet mornings and moist soil. The export of stored table grapes has ended. The export of kiwifruit to Mexico has increased, while shipments to Costa Rica have slightly decreased. Sales of stored nuts are being dominated by domestic markets, with continued exports to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel, Taiwan, Australia, and Mexico.
Navel oranges, Mandarins, lemons, and grapefruit are being packed for domestic and export markets. Oranges are being sent to Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates.
Mandarins are being packed for export and domestic markets. Grapefruit continue to be exported to China, Hong Kong, and Japan, with a slight decrease in demand. Finger limes are being picked for specialty domestic markets and are being shipped to Japan and Italy. Lemons are being exported to New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. The recent cold temperatures caused very minimal damage in a few isolated cold spots. The damp, foggy weather increases issues related to rots. Growers are applying copper sprays and herbicides.
Fields continue to be prepared for spring plantings. The planting of spring spinach and broccoli continues.
Strawberries are progressing well with ideal weather conditions.
Livestock And Poultry:
Rangeland feed conditions have greatly improved with recent rains, resulting in the relocation of cattle to foothill and valley pastures. More rain is necessary to help with the germination and development of foothill grasses and forbs.
Bare-root roses are being shipped to eastern states. Nursery stock continues to be shipped both domestically and internationally to prepare for spring planting. Bare-root trees and vines are being dug and stored for future shipment.
– Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.
For the week ending