For the week ending October 27, 2018
SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton continues to be harvested with fields being picked and baled throughout the county. Summer row crops are all but harvested and fields are being tilled, fertilized, and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The remaining peaches, nectarines and plums are being exported to Guatemala, Mexico, Australia, and Canada. Old Fruit trees are being pushed out in selective areas in favor of new plantings. Almond harvest continues, with exports to Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, India, Kuwait, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Harvest continues for pistachios, with nuts being exported to Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, and Germany. Grapes are being shipped domestically, as well as exported to Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, China, Nicaragua, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Raisin grapes continue to be picked for sun-drying, with some completing the drying process and being picked up. Persimmons are starting to be picked. Pomegranates are being harvested and sent to Australia and Mexico. Walnuts are being harvested and processed domestically. Candied apples are going to Canada. Kiwis are being picked, with some exports going to Mexico.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Navel orange season is upon us, and oranges are being picked throughout the county and tested for maturity. Some navels are already being exported to Mexico. Early indicators point to no problems in maturity. Lemons are being exported to Mexico. Valencia oranges continue to be packed for domestic markets, with some exports to Hong Kong and Korea. Finger Lime harvest has begun, with exports to China, France, and the Netherlands. Most olives have reached maturity and are being harvested.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Pumpkin patches are open for business for Halloween. Various vegetables continue to be grown and sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets, including assorted peppers, sweet corn, squash, Zucchini, cilantro, eggplant and tomatoes.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Pasture conditions remain poor. Ranchers are looking for a wet winter. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain continues. The Fed Cattle price is at $109 per cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Roses are being sento Texas. Fall shipments of nursery stock from local wholesale nurseries continue. Fall varieties of ornamentals, such as Camellias, are being shipped domestically.
Prepared by: Marilyn Wright
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer