For the week ending June 5, 2021
Small grains and other field crops: Triple-digit heat has hit the county and the warmer weather has dried many rotational crops. Corn fields are nearly reaching full height. Oats are being cut for baled hay. Winter grain silage harvest is complete. Weed control is a priority as temperatures rise and days are longer. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Cotton plantings are in the second and third leaf stage. Irrigation is a priority this week.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Early varieties of apricots are being harvested and shipped domestically, and exported to Canada and Mexico. Peaches and nectarines are being exported to Mexico, Taiwan, and Canada. Plum orchards are beginning to ripen and are being picked for export to Mexico. Apples and pomegranates are blooming. 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. The fruit has set in grape vineyards and is beginning to grow. Cherries are nearing the end of their harvest. Immature kiwi flower buds continue to develop.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Valencias are being sent to China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, and Japan. Farmers were observed planting new citrus nursery stock. 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. Organic murcot and clementine mandarins, along with navels, are being picked and packed for U.S. and Mexico markets. Gold nuggets are being packed for the domestic market. Star ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic market as well as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Beekeepers are moving hives out of citrus groves.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Summer vegetable crops continue to be planted and have developed well with the warm temperatures. Strawberry harvest is slowing down greatly. Blueberries have been shipped to Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Germany. 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. Field planted zucchini squash and bell pepper plants continue to grow.
Livestock and poultry: Rangeland grass has dried out. Livestock market has an increase in middle-weight calves with good demand. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Non-irrigated pastures are dry and in very poor condition. Fed-cattle remains at $120/cwt this week. Dairy production stayed steady.
Tom’s additional comments: Nursery stock continues to move into Tulare County from other parts of the United States. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to local flower shops.