For the week ending
August 8, 2015.
Small Grains and Other Field Crops:
Corn continues to be cut for silage. Sorghum silage is making good progress, with some fields being harvested. Grain sorghum is progressing well. Alfalfa fields are being irrigated, cut, and baled. Cotton continues showing good growth, with plants blooming and setting bolls. Dry Black-eye beans are in various stages of development.
Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, and Grapes:
The domestic demand and price for stone fruit remain strong. In addition to the domestic sales, peaches, plums and nectarines are also being exported to Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan. Pistachios are being exported to the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Luxembourg, and Malaysia. Growers are preparing orchards for this year’s pistachio harvest. This year’s almond crop continues to be harvested. Almonds are currently being exported to Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the Netherlands. Persimmon fruit are being thinned. The grape harvest is in full swing. Table grapes are being shipped to New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Panama, and India. Bartlett pears continue to be harvested and shipped to Canada.
Citrus, Avocados, and Olives:
Export of Valencia oranges continues to Hong Kong Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Mexico. Finger limes are being exported to Japan and the Netherlands. Star Ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic market. Avocados appear to have a light crop due to the heat and water stress. The same appears true for olives.
Vegetables, Melons, and Berries:
Yellow squash, Zucchini, Bell and Chili pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and cucumbers are being harvested. Sweet corn harvest is continuing.
Livestock and Poultry:
Foothill rangeland water and forage are very poor at the lower elevations. Supplemental feeding continues. Feed costs for cattle producers remain high. The fed-cattle market price dropped $5 to $145/hundred weight.
Additional Comments:
hipments of wholesale nursery stock have slowed down with the hot summer temperatures. Nurseries are sending small loads to local retail outlets. Potted roses are being shipped to Texas. Citrus nursery stock is still being sold and planted. New wells continue to be drilled or existing ones lowered due to the lack of available surface water supplies and dropping water tables. Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

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