For the week ending Dec. 15, 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. Cotton stalks are being shredded and disked in effort to meet the Dec. 20th deadline of the Cotton Plow-Down Regulations.

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Grape harvest is finished. Grapes are 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 harvest is complete, and exports are continuing. Pistachio harvest is complete and is being exported 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. Almond harvest has been completed for a week. Almonds continue 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.

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Navel orange maturity has been complete since Dec. 7. Navel orange harvest is continuing, with exports to Australia, 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 Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Specialty Finger lime exports are in route to France, Japan and the Netherlands. Lemons are destined for Mexico.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Slight rainfall has left rangeland forage conditions improving, and allowed for more plant growth. The fed cattle market rose slightly to $117 per hundredweight.

-Prepared by Marilyn Wright, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.

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