Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending July 23

Cotton fields are being cultivated for weeds. Corn and silage are growing with lots of irrigation and very hot triple-digit weather. Silage corn fields are in various stages of maturity. Summer row crops seem to be coming along nicely. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Bean fields continue to be treated for weeds and insects. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe and St. Lucia.

Grapevines are putting forth all their energy to the berry clusters and are in much need of drip-irrigation with the summer heat. Thompson seedless grapes for raisins continue to develop and increase in size. Table grapes being picked are sugarones, flame seedless, midnight beauty and ivory. Table grapes are also being sent to Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Kiwis are still developing under their canopies. Packing houses continue harvesting peaches, nectarines, and plums. Hot days have caused some damage to stone fruits. Peaches, plums, and nectarines are currently being exported to Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwan. Last season’s pistachios are being exported to India, Israel, Italy, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey, Vietnam, and China. Almonds are being shipped to Belgium, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Netherlands, India, and China. Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore. Persimmon and pomegranate fruit continue to develop and increase in size. 

Star ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic markets as well as exported to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Mexico. Olive fruit continue to develop and increase in size. Avocado fruit continue to develop. New-crop navel oranges, tangerines, and lemons continue to develop. Citrus growers are continuing to irrigate their trees to reduce heat stress on newly planted trees and mature trees that have set next year’s crop. Valencia oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets, as well as exported to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Mexico. Organic Valencia oranges are being harvested for domestic markets. Lemons are being picked and packed for domestic markets and exported to Mexico.

Blackberries, watermelons, honeydew, and cantaloupes have been harvested and sold at local fruit stands. Salad greens, herbs, onions, tomatoes, and other vegetables continue to be harvested and sold at local farmers markets. Sweet corn is available local roadside stands.

Rangeland conditions are very dry. Irrigated pastures are in good to excellent condition. The fed-cattle market continues at $142/cwt. this week. All sales have been strong in recent weeks with feeders and calves still in high demand. Cows are slowing down in producing milk as weather is getting hotter. Dairymen are doing their best to maintain cool conditions for their cows in this heatwave.

Nursery stock continues to move into and out of Tulare County from other parts of the United States and Canada. Roses are being shipped to Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to flower shops in Tulare County. Surface water is flowing in a few of the irrigation districts’ canals.

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