SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Alfalfa fields are being cut. Harvested grain fields are being tilled and replanted with Black-eyed beans or other forage crops to be used for feed and silage for local dairies.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees this week, stone fruit and nut tree orchards are being irrigated to reduce heat stress on the trees and crop. The stone fruit season is picking up with mature fruit being shipped to both domestic and international consumers. Most varieties continue to develop and be thinned. Peaches are being exported to Taiwan, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Canada, Panama, El Salvador, Thailand, and Mexico; nectarines to Chile, Canada, Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, Thailand, Taiwan, and Mexico; apricots are being exported to Canada; and plums to Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan. Grapevines are being thinned to allow for better air circulation and light, as grape berries continue to form. Walnut, almond, and pistachio nuts continue to develop. Last season’s pistachio nuts continue to be exported to France, Italy, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Vietnam, and India. Almonds are being sent to Japan, Germany, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Recent rains have had an impact on some stone fruit varieties, blueberries and cherries, with fungicides being applied to some vineyards and nut orchards.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Oranges are still being packed for domestic markets with exports to Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Grapefruit are being picked and exported to Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Lemons are being bagged and shipped to Mexico and Japan. Mechanical maintenance for citrus groves continues, with some orchards being topped and/or skirted. Some older citrus groves are being removed and replanted with stone fruit or citrus. Immature olives continue to develop.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Summer vegetables continue to grow, and the fields are being prepped for harvest. Zucchini squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant are being harvested. Strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry growers are picking their locally grown berries for sale at roadside stands. Exports of blueberries are still being sent to Canada, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland forage remains in good condition. The fed cattle market price is at $114/cwt.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Increasing temperatures have decreased the number of plant shipments from local wholesale nurseries to retail nurseries.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer