For the week ending December 29, 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.

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 orchards are experiencing post-harvest field activity. Pistachios 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. 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. Cold temperatures are expected for Friday morning, but should be a cause for alarm. 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.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Small orders of specialty winter plants are being shipped from wholesale nurseries, to local and out-of-state retail nursery outlets.

Prepared by:
Marilyn Wright
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

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