For the week ending April 24, 2021
Small grains and other field crops: Winter grain fields are in different stages of growth, ranging from midway to full maturity. Alfalfa is being cut, dried, and baled. Corn is growing steadily. Weed control is a priority as temperatures rise and days are longer. Due to the dry conditions many farmers have turned back to groundwater irrigation to maintain optimal growth. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Cotton fields are being planted.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Apples are blooming and the hand thinning of stone fruit has begun. Walnut tassels have reached maturity. 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 leaves are being thinned as vine growth demands. Cherries continue to develop and are advancing in color, but are not being harvested yet.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Citrus exports are continuing to slow down and should be coming to an end in the coming weeks. 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. Star ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic market as well as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. 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 to prevent pollination during the citrus bloom. Honey bees have been placed in citrus groves to take advantage of orange honey production.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Certified producers are finishing picking winter vegetables for local farmer’s markets and starting to plant summer vegetables. Strawberries are maturing, being harvested, and sold at local fruit stands. Local blueberry harvest is expected to start next week. Spring lettuce, onions, eggplants, and herbs are growing well and being harvested for selling at the Farmer’s Markets. Onion seed is being exported to Israel. Small acreages of peppers and tomatoes have been planted.
Livestock and poultry: Rangeland is drying out. Lack of rain has reduced grass yields. Livestock market was steady with some high spots going to cows with proper shots. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Fed-cattle is at $121.00 which is higher than previous weeks. Dairy production stayed steady.
Tom’s additional comments: A small number of bare root rose shipments continue to be shipped to various northeastern U.S. states. Ornamental nursery stock continues to be received at local nurseries.