Small grains and other field crops: Many row crop fields have been harvested and left fallow. Cooler temperatures are lessening the need to irrigate the remaining silage being grown for feed. Exports of dry beans are going to Guadeloupe, French Polynesia, and Martinique. Cotton bolls are open and progressing nicely. Cotton harvest has begun and should be ramping up in the coming weeks. Fields are being leveled and prepped for planting winter grain.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Stone fruit season is nearing the end with the harvest of some late-variety peaches and plums. Some packing houses have completed packing for the season and those still packing are nearing completion. Peaches are being exported to Canada and Mexico. Plums are going to Canada, China, and Mexico. Nectarines are being exported to Canada and Mexico. Table grape varieties have been harvested. Table grapes are being exported to Korea, Dominican Republic, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, the United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Vine dried raisin grapes are being harvested. Walnuts are being exported to Turkey and Israel. Pistachio are being exported to Israel, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, China, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Poland, and Malaysia. Almonds are still being harvested and are being sent out domestically. Almonds are also being shipped to Germany, Morocco, Israel, Colombia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Italy, India, and China. Pecans are going to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Golden kiwi are starting to be picked and packed for export to Italy. Pomegranates are being harvested with small exports to Australia, Mexico, and Korea. Hand pruning has begun in stone fruit orchards.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Olive harvest is underway. Citrus groves continue to be hedgerowed. A few orange groves continue to be pushed and shredded, or dried for burning. Fertilizer continues to be applied to citrus groves. Early navels are coming into season and will be checked for maturity shortly. Skirt pruning and weed control are being performed in groves as well. Regreening of valencia oranges continues to be an issue in packing houses. Valencia oranges are heading for domestic markets as well as China, Taiwan, Mexico, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Young avocado trees are being planted.
Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Pumpkins are being harvested and sold at various roadside stands. Fields are being disced and plowed for fall/winter vegetable planting. A small amount of field grown eggplants and hot peppers continue to grow and be harvested. Harvesting of the remaining vegetables and peppers should be complete soon. A very small amount of sweet corn has yet to be harvested. Blackberry canes are being irrigated.
Livestock and poultry: The summer heat is beginning to finally subside, but the rangeland still remains dry. The cattle market showed limited offerings of middle weight cattle with vaccinations. Most classes called slightly cheaper at sale. The cattle market continues to see higher prices for the cattle with vaccinations and good breeding. The fed-cattle market has dropped a dollar to $122/cwt. Ranchers are moving livestock to areas that have better grazing conditions and water.
Tom’s additional comments: Small shipments of ornamental nursery stock continue to be received at county nurseries. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to local flower shops in Tulare County. Incoming plant shipments are being inspected at shipping companies in Visalia. Local wholesale citrus nurseries are shipping citrus trees, budwood, and seeds to local, out-of-state, and international nurseries and growers.