Tulare County Crop Report

For week ending June 27, 2020

Small grains and other field crops: Harvested fields are being disked and planted for silage or other forage crops. Silage corn continues to grow at a steady rate, with an increase in irrigation. Alfalfa is maturing and continues to be harvested. Bean fields are beginning to flower.

Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Pecans, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios continue to develop. Pistachios are maturing with what is predicted to be a heavy crop. Pistachios are being exported to China, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, Switzerland, and Germany. Almonds are being exported to India and Spain. Stone fruit continues to be harvested. Grapevines continue to develop are being thinned. Early varieties of peaches, nectarines, and apricots are being picked and packed for both domestic and international customers. Peaches are being exported to Mexico, British Columbia, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, and Canada. Nectarines are being exported to Taiwan, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Persimmons and Kiwis continues to develop while Pomegranates are starting to bloom in most locations.

Citrus, avocados, and olives: Navel orange harvest is ending with any remaining fruit for domestic market. Late navel oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets and exported to Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Malaysia, Korea, and the Philippines. Valencia oranges are being picked and exported domestically and internationally to Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, and Central America. Lemons are being shipped domestically and exported to Malaysia, Mexico, and Japan. Grapefruit is being exported domestically and internationally to El Salvador, Japan, Korea, and Mexico. Olive orchards continue blooming with some pruning taking place to thin out trees. The export market is slowing for the year and domestic fruit is steady.

Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Strawberry fruiting has slowed due to high temps. Blueberry are being exported to Canada, Japan, British Columbia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Summer vegetables continue to grow and the fields are being prepped for harvest. Early planted melons are being picked and shipped domestically.

Livestock and poultry: Low elevation rangeland continues to dry and conditions are fair to good, but quality is continuing to decrease. The cattle market has had a good week with high demand for almost all classes. Calf and butcher cows were higher this week with good buyer participation. Fed cattle market reports beef at $107 per cwt.

Tom’s additional comments: Local wholesale nurseries are finishing their early Summer plant shipments to local and out of state retailers. Surface water is flowing in most of the major canals. Farmers are able to utilize ditch water instead of relying solely on ground water.

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