For week ending September 22, 2018
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn and sorghum continue to be harvested for silage. Alfalfa cutting and baling for hay continues. Cotton is in bloom with bolls being set.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone-fruit harvest season is approaching an end, with a slight reduction in exports. Peaches, nectarines, and plums continue to be exported to Mexico, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan, Guatemala, the Philippines, and China. The removal of some stone-fruit orchard blocks after harvest continues in order to make way for new plantings. Growers continue to summer prune stone fruit orchards and are shredding the prunings. Almond harvest continues, with exports to Korea, India, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Spain. Harvest continues for pistachios in the southern portions of the county, with nuts being exported to Hong Kong. To the north, pistachios continue to develop. Table grapes are being shipped domestically, as well as exported to Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, and Panama. Raisin grapes continue to be picked for sun-drying, with many now drying on beds. Asia pears are being harvested and exported to Mexico. Persimmons continue to mature and develop external color. Pomegranate harvest is underway, with some exports to Australia. Walnuts continue to develop and are nearing maturity in some areas.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges are still being packed for domestic markets, with some exports to Mexico, China, Hong Kong, and Korea. For some packing houses Valencia orange packing has concluded for the season. Limes are being exported to New Zealand. Citrus groves are being hedged and the thinning of fruit continues. Pushed out citrus groves continue to be prepared for planting, with some groves being replaced with young trees. Citrus budding has begun for some varieties. Development and maturation of olives continues as the harvest nears.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Various summer vegetables continue to be grown and sold at roadside stands and farmer’s markets, including assorted peppers, squash, Zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelons. Strawberry beds are being prepared, with some being planted.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Pasture conditions remain poor. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain continues. The Fed cattle price is at $109 per cwt
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Fall shipments of nursery stock from local wholesale nurseries continue. Citrus groves and tree fruit and nut tree orchards continue to require irrigation.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer