For the week ending December 22, 2018

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Alfalfa crops have received their final cuttings prior to winter dormancy. Winter grain and forage crops are being planted and continue to develop well due to the recent rains. Beans are being exported to Guadeloupe. All standing cotton fields were being shredded to meet the Dec. 20th deadline of the county Cotton Plow-Down Regulations. Inspectors are looking to see that shredded fields are properly disked.

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit orchards and grape vineyards are being pruned and prepared for winter dormancy. Stored grapes are currently being exported to New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Panama. Pomegranate harvesting is complete, and post-harvest field activity continues. Pistachio harvest is complete and they are being exporting to China, the European Union, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Kiwifruit are being harvested and exported to Mexico and Japan. Persimmons are also being exported across our southern border into Mexico and packed for the domestic market. Almond harvesting has been completed. Almonds are continuing to be exported to Korea, Jordan, Taiwan, Belgium, Israel, South Africa, Colombia, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Peru, and Chile. Pecans are being exported to Australia. Walnuts are being exported to Thailand.

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Navel orange harvest is continuing; and exports are headed to Australia, Mexico, Chile, China, El Salvador, French Polynesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Peru, and Singapore. Melogold hybrid grapefruit are continuing to be harvested, and are being exported to Japan and Korea. Pomelos are being exported to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Specialty Finger lime exports are in route to France, Japan and the Netherlands. Lemon harvest is continuing, and fruit are being exported to New Zealand, Japan, and Mexico.

VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Winter vegetables continue to be grown and harvested.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage conditions are continuing to improve, with recent rains in the foothills. The fed cattle market rose slightly to $118 per hundredweight.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Small orders of specialty winter plants are being shipped from wholesale nurseries, to local and out-of-state retail nursery outlets. Sales of Christmas trees and other decorative plants continue for the holiday season.

Prepared by: Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

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