Tulare County Crop Report for week ending October 26, 2019

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Late Black-eyed bean plantings are being harvested. Most summer row crops have now been harvested. Fields are being tilled and pre-irrigated for winter forage and grain crops. Winter grain crop planting has started. Some fields are being laser leveled for better irrigation. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled on an ongoing basis. Cotton harvest is in full swing.

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Some Stone fruit orchards are being pushed out in preparation for replanting, while other orchards are being pruned after harvest. Peaches continue to be exported to Canada, and Mexico. Table grapes continue to be picked in some areas and also are being exported to Australia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Tobago, and Ecuador. Some hail damage from earlier in the year and mildew are showing up in some grapes. Pistachios and walnuts are being harvested throughout the County of Tulare. Walnuts has been harvested and exported to Italy and Turkey. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Australia, Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands. Pineapple quince and fuyu persimmons are showing color on fruit in the orchards. The majority of almond orchards have been harvested. Almonds are being exported to Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Golden and Red kiwifruit are being harvested and exported to Australia and Japan. Pomegranates are harvested and being exported to Australia.

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: The Valencia harvest is nearly complete.  All District 1 citrus packing houses are no longer packing Valencia oranges. Packing of navel oranges in District 1 should begin with one or two weeks. Navel orange maturity is progressing ideally with sugar ratios steadily increasing. The picking and receiving of Navel oranges has started sporadically, including receiving Navel oranges from areas south of Tulare County. Packing will begin this week for the mandarins. Olive harvest is continuing. Lemon harvest should begin soon and the crop looks good. Limes are being harvested and exported to China and the Netherlands.

VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Certified producers are picking cucumbers, squash, and peppers, to sell at local Farmer’s Markets. Bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeños, and squash continue to be harvested. Certified producers are picking the last of their summer Tomatoes. Strawberry growers have stripped fields and removed irrigation to prepare for fall plantings. Blueberries are being pruned and prepared for the winter. In addition, Pumpkin patches throughout the County of Tulare are open for business.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Out of state cotton seed, to be used as cattle feed. The cooler fall weather is helping with milk production at local dairies. The fed-cattle price is at $110 per cwt. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition.  Non-irrigated pastures at lower elevations are poor, but the quality gets better in higher elevation.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ornamental nursery stock continues to be sent to domestic markets. Producers also continue to receive ornamental nursery stock from out of state producers.

Prepared by Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

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