SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn for silage continues to grow and will soon be ready for harvest. Cotton continues to be irrigated, cultivated, and growing well. Alfalfa fields are making steadfast progress; and being irrigated, cut, and baled.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit season is in full-swing. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums are being harvested and packed daily, with yields increasing as the season progresses. Exports for stone fruit have remained steady with shipments to Australia, Mexico, South America and China. Domestic and foreign stone fruit demand remains strong. Pistachio and almond exports have remained constant, with shipments to Asia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue being irrigated. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in orchards, with nutrient and pesticide sprays being applied to almonds, pistachios and grapes. Some harvested stone fruit orchards are being topped. Older stone fruit orchards are being removed, with field preparation underway for new trees. Developing grapevine bunches are beginning to improve in color.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Valencia oranges are still being harvested for export to Mexico, Guatemala, Japan, and various Asian countries. The export market for Valencia oranges is stable with domestic exports consistent. Re-greening is becoming more prevalent due to the higher temperatures. Packers are color sorting to compensate.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES: Domestic export of Roma tomatoes is thriving. Blueberry harvest is winding down in most of Tulare County. Blueberry exports continue to Canada, Taiwan and Honduras. Harvest continues for Yellow squash, Zucchini, Bell peppers, Green Chili peppers, cucumbers, and egg-plant. Due to the warm weather, irrigation activities have increased.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Measures are being taken to manage livestock in rangeland pastures. Most ranchers have moved their cattle to mountain rangeland or are supplementing range cattle with hay or grain feeds. Low elevation rangeland conditions remain fair and dry.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Citrus nursery trees continue to move throughout Tulare County. Movement of wholesale nursery stock is ongoing. Scorching temperatures have increased irrigation for all crops in Tulare County.
Prepared by Marilyn Wright Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer