TULARE CO. CROP REPORT
For the week ending
Jan. 9, 2016.
Small Grains and Other Field Crops:
Winter grains and field crops continue to benefit from this week’s ongoing precipitation. These crops are maturing at an excellent rate. Those that have planted dryland fields (no wells) are optimistic for a good return this year. Sheep continue to graze of remaining alfalfa fields.
Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, and Grapes:
Post-harvest cultural maintenance in deciduous tree fruit, nut orchards, and vineyards are on hold due to the significant rain received. Recent rain has hampered continued cleaned up and fumigation in preparation for spring planting. Almonds are going to Kuwait, Germany, Malaysia, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. Shelled and in-shell walnuts continue being exported to Japan and Thailand. Pomegranates continue to be exported to Mexico. Kiwifruit are being packed for the domestic market.
Citrus, Avocados, and
Exports of citrus fruit have started to pick up this week after a slight slowdown following the holidays. Navel oranges are currently being sent to Australia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, China, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, French Polynesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, and Vietnam. Blood oranges continue to be exported to Southeast Asia. Minneola tangelos are being harvested and exported to Chile and New Zealand. Mandarin oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets and shipped to Australia, Peru, Japan, and Guatemala. Cara Cara oranges are being harvested and sent primarily to China. Lemons are being exported to China, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Australia. Melo Gold and Oro Blanco hybrid grapefruit are being exported to Japan and Korea. Pumelos are being sent to Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia. Frost protection measures are underway when the cold weather dictates. Some immature orange trees remain covered to protect them from freezing temperatures. Muddy groves are impeding the applications of needed fungicidal treatments.
Vegetables, Melons, and
Strawberry fields look to be in good shape for spring harvest. Blueberries are still being planted, weather permitting. Some winter vegetables are well established. Again the rainy weather is making vegetable harvest difficult and interfering with preparations for late winter and spring plantings.
Livestock and Poultry:
Recent rains have continued to benefit the lower elevation pasture growth, reducing the need for supplemental feed. The fed-cattle price currently remains at $117.00 per hundredweight.
Local bare root nurseries are digging as the weather permits. Rose shipments are being received for processing and sale to Texas. Small orders of wholesale nursery stock are still being shipped to local and out-of-state retail nurseries from local growers.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.