Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 16

Small grains and other field crops: Many winter grains are in different stages of growth ranging from midway to full maturity and have begun to be harvested for silage and hay. Later planted fields are still being treated for weed control. Corn continues to be planted, with some starting to emerge. Cotton fields are still being prepped and planted. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Stone fruit orchards have small fruit continuing to set as well as leaf development in most varieties. Cherries are enlarging, color change has begun, and first harvest should be in two to three weeks. Pomegranate flower buds continue to develop. Olive flower buds are developing. Grape and kiwi vineyards continue to thrive in the warmer weather, field crews can be found pruning the fresh growth. Pistachio and walnut trees have begun to produce new leaves. Walnuts are blooming. Persimmons are blooming. Prunes are being sent to China. Pistachios continue to be exported to Cyprus, Israel, India, China, Korea, Italy, Spain, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Hong Kong, Morocco, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, and Norway. Walnuts are being packaged for domestic markets, with some exports to Malaysia. Almonds are being sent to Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, China, Greece, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Italy.

Citrus, avocados and olives: Clementine mandarins are being covered with bee netting to prevent cross pollination. Avocados are blooming. Navel oranges are being exported to Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Vietnam, and New Zealand. Navels with high sugar and acid are being exported to Korea and Japan. Valencia oranges are starting to be picked in small amounts. Blood oranges, minneola tangelos, mandarins, and star ruby grapefruit are being packed for domestic market as well as exports to Japan, Korea, and Chile. Lemons are currently being harvested and packed for domestic markets as well as being exported to Korea, Japan, and Mexico.

Vegetables, melons, herbs and berries: Strawberries are at peak of season and can be found at fruit stands throughout the county, along with this season’s vegetables. Blueberries are enlarging and maturing. The leaf lettuce harvest continues, while fields are being prepped and planted for summer vegetables. Onions, fava beans, zucchini, eggplants, garlic, and sweet corn continue to grow and develop.

Livestock and poultry: The fed-cattle market held at $138/cwt. this week. Recent high temperatures and little rainfall has taken its toll on native grasses, but additional rain may still be beneficial. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. Bulls and butcher cows are still in high demand, with the market going in waves. Demand remains high.

Tom’s additional comments: Incoming plant shipments continue to arrive as warmer weather has local retailers gearing up for spring. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia. Roses are being sent to Arizona, Texas, and Hawaii.

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