SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter grain crop planting is finished. Winter grain plants are beginning to emerge from the soil. Cotton continues to be ginned at local cotton gins. Various farmers are allowing sheep to graze alfalfa fields. Dried beans are being exported to the United Kingdom, St. Lucia, and Dominica. Some wheat, oats, and barley fields are being treated for weed control, as the winter wheat germination will increase due to high moisture. Farmers are hoping for continued rainfall in lieu of well water.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Pruning is ongoing in stone fruit and olive orchards. Pistachios are being exported to Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, China, Korea, Poland, Germany, India, Singapore, Ukraine, Switzerland, the Philippines, Lithuania, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong. Almonds are being exported to Korea, Israel, Taiwan, Colombia, India, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia, Chile, Barbados, Belgium, and Turkey. Table grapes are being exported to Mexico, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Wine Grape vineyards are being pruned and planted with cover crops. Older vineyards are being removed. Pomegranates from cold storage are being exported to Mexico. Walnuts are being exported to Italy, Turkey, and Morocco. Persimmons continue to be harvested, packed, and sent mainly to domestic markets, but a few loads continue to be exported to Mexico.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Navel orange harvest is well underway with picking of varieties such as Atwood and Cara Cara. Navel oranges are being exported to Malaysia, Peru, China, Korea, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Vietnam, Singapore, Ukraine, Switzerland, Chile, Ecuador, Australia, and New Zealand. High sugar and acid navel oranges are being exported to Korea and Japan. Organic Clementine Mandarins are being picked and packed for U.S. and Mexico markets. Blood oranges are being packed for domestic markets and exported to New Zealand. Hybrid Grapefruit, Melogold and Oroblanco are being exported to Japan. Lemons are being exported to Korea, Japan, and Mexico.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, AND BERRIES: Winter vegetables are in various stages of growth. Strawberries are continuing to develop under plastic mulch. Peas are germinating. Blueberries are being pruned and prepared for the winter.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Rangeland grass is looking great due to recent rains. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Non-irrigated pastures are in better condition from the recent rains which was a great benefit for the rangeland forage. Federal cattle market reports beef at $120 per hundred weight.
TOM’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nursery stock continues to move into Tulare County. Local nurseries have an increased demand for bare root trees and berries. Bare root roses are being shipped to various parts of the United States.
Prepared by: Tom Tucker, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer