Tulare County Crop Report

Tom Tucker
For the week ending February 13, 2021

Small grains and other field crops: Winter row crops are coming along nicely. Alfalfa is growing slowly with the cooler weather. Winter grain plants are in different stages of growth. Some wheat, oats, and barley fields are being treated for weed control. Dried beans are being exported to the Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and St Lucia. Blackeye peas are being shipped to Australia and Malaysia.

Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Recent rains have helped farmers on irrigation costs on fruit trees. Kiwifruit continue to be exported to Korea, Colombia, Australia, Mexico, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Canada. Pistachios are being exported to China, Israel, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany. Almonds are being exported to India, Israel, Thailand, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, China, Chile, Barbados, the Philippines, Singapore, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Colombia, and Spain. Walnuts are being exported to Turkey, Mexico, and Israel. Pecans continue to be exported to the Middle East. Grape harvesting is done, but continue to be shipped from cold storage to China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Guyana, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and Mexico. Pruning of grapevines and stone fruit continues. Early variety stone fruit orchards are starting to bloom. Cleared groves and orchards continue to be prepared for planting.

Citrus, avocados, and olives: High sugar and acid navel oranges are being exported to Korea and Japan. Navel oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets and exported to Australia, Ecuador, Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Mexico, Malaysia, Panama, Thailand, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Hong Kong. The second round of fungicide applications for Korea are being applied to navels. Cara cara navels are starting to be packed and shipped domestically and to Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Korea. Lemons are being picked and packed for export to Chile, Mexico, Australia, and domestic markets. Blood oranges are being shipped domestically and to Japan and Hong Kong. Tango Mandarin harvest is underway with expectations for export to New Zealand. Pummelos are being picked for domestic markets, and are being packed for export to New Zealand and Australia. Melogold hybrid grapefruit are mainly staying domestic.

Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Lettuce and broccoli are being harvested and shipped domestically. Strawberry plants are showing ideal growth under plastic mulch. Peas at local stands are benefiting from the recent rain and growth looks ideal.

Livestock and poultry: Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition, and range land quality is improving following recent rains and warmer weather. Rangeland herds are being worked with concentration on proper vaccinations to facilitate higher sale prices at market. Sheep are being moved into old alfalfa fields to graze off old forage. Fed-cattle market reports beef at $110 per cwt. Bee keepers are starting to move hives in and around stone fruit and nut orchards.

Tom’s additional comments: Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Canada and Colombia to local flower shops. Roses are being shipped to Arizona, Texas and Hawaii.

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