For the week ending April 3, 2020
Small grains and other field crops: Winter grain fields are in different stages of growth ranging from a few inches tall to some fields with plants producing heads. Rotational crops are growing rapidly with the spring weather we have recently had. Corn has grown steadily. Some wheat, oats, and barley fields are being treated for weed control. Alfalfa is being harvested for hay. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Fields are being turned over in preparation for spring planting of corn and cotton. Irrigation continues in grain and other field crops.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Immature stone fruit continues to develop. 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. Beehives are being moved out of almond orchards. Petal fall is nearly complete in almonds. Grapes have begun to awaken from dormant stage, and more young leaves have emerged.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Lemons are beginning to bloom. Citrus harvesting has been slowing down and almost 95% has been harvested. 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. Cara cara navels are being packed and shipped domestically and to Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Korea. Lemons are being picked and packed for export to Korea, Chile, Mexico, Australia, and domestic markets. Blood oranges are being shipped domestically and to Japan and Hong Kong. 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. Star Ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic market as well as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Specialty Mandarins, such as Sumos and Gold Nuggets, are being harvested and packed for domestic markets. Organic Clementine Mandarins and navel oranges are being picked and packed for the U.S. and Mexico markets. Netting continues to be in place in seedless Mandarin groves in preparation for the coming citrus bloom period.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Harvest continues for farmer’s market crops such as basil, beets, collard greens, daikon, onions, lettuce, and herbs. Local fruit stands throughout the county are open and are selling local favorites such as strawberries, as well as sugar snap peas, onions, cilantro, romaine lettuce, sweet peas and garlic. Bees have been set out to aid in pollination. Spring crops are being planted. Onion seed is being exported to Israel.
Livestock and poultry: Spring weather is helping grazing conditions for rancher’s livestock. Demand is still steady for cows and bulls. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Rangeland pasture will get an added boost of growth from last week’s rain. Fed-cattle remains at $114 per cwt this week. Dairy production stayed steady.
Tom’s additional comments: Bareroot roses are being shipped to various parts of the United States and Canada. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Canada, and Colombia to local flower shops. Ornamental nursery stock continues to be received at local nurseries.