SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Harvested silage fields are being plowed and leveled for planting of winter forage crops. Also, fallow fields are being prepared for winter wheat plantings. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled. In addition, cotton harvest continues.
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, British Columbia, and Mexico. Table grapes are being exported to Mexico, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, Guyana, and Korea. Some late variety grape vineyards remain covered with plastic sheeting to protect the grapes from possible rain. Some old, harvested grape vineyards continue to be pushed-out and dried for burning. Pistachios and walnuts are being harvested throughout the County of Tulare. Walnuts are being exported to Italy and Turkey. Pistachios are being exported to Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Persimmon shipments continue to Mexico and domestic markets. Almonds are being exported to Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Spain, Korea, Japan, Israel, Jordan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Bahrain, Turkey, Barbados, Colombia, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Asian pears are being exported to Panama. Golden and Red kiwifruit are being harvested and exported to Australia, Mexico, and Japan. Pomegranates are being exported to Australia, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: The Valencia harvest is complete. Navel orange maturity is progressing ideally, with sugar ratios steadily increasing. The picking and receiving of navel oranges has started. A few old citrus groves continue to be pushed-out, dried, burned, and ripped to prepare fields for replanting. Mandarins are being tested for maturity and packed for the domestic market. Lemon harvest should begin soon. Limes are being harvested and exported to China and the Netherlands. Buddha’s Hand citrons are being harvested and sent to domestic markets. Hybrid grapefruit, Melogold and Oro Blanco, are being exported to Korea and Japan. Local olives are being picked and processed. Olive groves that have been completely picked are now being pruned.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES: Bell peppers, eggplant, Jalapenos, and squash continue to be harvested. Certified producers are picking the last of their summer tomatoes. Fall strawberry crops continue to progress with plastic mulch, and blueberries are being pruned and prepared for the winter. In addition, cilantro seeds are being exported to Japan.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Non-irrigated pastures are in poor condition due to the dry weather. The fed-cattle price is at $115 per cwt. Stocker and feeder cattle are in high demand. Rain is needed to improve rangeland conditions.
TOM’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ornamental nursery stock continues to be sent to domestic markets, and producers also continue to receive nursery stock from out-of-state producers. Bare-root roses are being received.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer