For week ending June 20, 2020
Small grains and other field crops: Cotton fields are being cultivated and irrigated. Fields are being fertilized and tilled for corn and sorghum planting. Corn and sorghum fields are being cultivated for weeds. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, dried and baled. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe and St. Lucia.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Many nut tree orchards are being tilled or sprayed for weed control. Grapevines continue to be thinned and sprayed. Peaches are being harvested and exported to Mexico, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Canada. Nectarines are being picked and exported to Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and Panama. Apricots are being picked and shipped to Canada and Mexico. Pistachios are being exported to China, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, and Australia. Stored almonds and walnuts continue to be shipped to domestic and export markets including Vietnam and Japan.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Late navel oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets and exported to Vietnam, Singapore, China, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Panama, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Valencia oranges are being picked and exported to Mexico and Latin America. Cara Cara navels are being packed for the domestic market as well as Korea and China. Lemons are being packed and exported to China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mexico, and Japan.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Strawberry plants continue to produce an ideal harvest and stands are open locally. Local blueberry harvest continues with ideal size and color, and are being exported to Canada, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Onions are being harvested. Summer vegetables are in various stages of growth and continue to be planted. They have developed well with the warm temperatures.
Livestock and poultry: The cattle market has had a good week with high demand for almost all classes. As long as cows are in short supply the market will stay at the higher end. Fed cattle market reports beef at $108-$115 per cwt. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Non-irrigated pastures are drying out due to the hot weather.
Tom’s additional comments: Nursery stock continues to move into and out of Tulare County from other parts of the United States and Canada. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to flower shops in Tulare County. Plant shipments inspected at UPS/Fedex from Alabama, Oregon, Florida, and New Jersey continue to be shipped to nurseries.