For week ending September 12, 2020
Small grains and other field crops: Harvested fields are being disked and planted for silage or other forage crops. Silage corn is in various stages of maturity. Alfalfa is maturing and continues to be harvested. Dry beans are being exported to Guadeloupe and St. Lucia. Cotton bolls continue to develop.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Pecans, persimmons, kiwifruit, pomegranates, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios continue to mature, be harvested, and packed. Pistachios are being exported to China, Israel, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and Germany. Almonds are being exported to India, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, the Philippines, Singapore, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Colombia, and Spain. Walnuts are being exported to Turkey. Table grapes are being exported to Mexico, the Philippines, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Sugraone, flame seedless, red globe, crimson seedless, and scarlet royal table grape varieties are being harvested. Wine grapes are being harvested. Nectarines and apricots continue to be picked and packed for both domestic and international markets. Peaches are being exported to Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, French Polynesia, Panama, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Nectarines are being exported to Taiwan, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Plums are being exported to China, Canada, Thailand, French Polynesia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Colombia, Taiwan, Panama, Brazil, and Mexico. Pomegranate harvest is underway with varieties such as early wonderful. Plums are being exported to Mexico, Taiwan, China, Canada, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Late navel oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets and exports to Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Valencia oranges are being picked and shipped domestically and internationally to Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Central America. Lemons are being shipped domestically and exported to Malaysia, Mexico, and Japan. Coastal grown finger limes are being packed for export to China, Japan, and France. Grapefruit are being shipped domestically and exported to El Salvador, Japan, Korea, and Mexico. Olive orchards have some pruning taking place to thin out trees.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Blueberries are being exported to Canada, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. Summer vegetables continue to grow and the fields are being prepped for harvest. Early planted melons are being picked and shipped domestically. Eggplants, peppers, sweet corn, and tomatoes continue to mature and be harvested.
Livestock and poultry: Low elevation rangeland continues to dry and conditions are fair to good, but quality is continuing to decline. The cattle market has had a good week with high demand for almost all classes. Fed cattle market reports beef at $108 per cwt.
Tom’s additional comments: Local wholesale nurseries are finishing their summer plant shipments to local and out-of-state retailers. Surface water is flowing in most of the major canals.