SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton fields are being cultivated and irrigated. Corn, alfalfa, cotton, and silage are growing with lots of irrigation and very hot triple-digit weather. Corn silage harvest continues in various parts of the county. Summer row crops seem to be coming along nicely. Sudan grass is being cut, dried, and baled. Alfalfa is being swathed, raked, and baled. Bean fields continue to be treated for weeds and insects. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe and St. Lucia.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Walnuts, almonds, and pistachio continue to develop with almond harvest underway. Table grapes are being sent to Vietnam, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Cambodia. Plums, nectarines, and peaches are still being picked and orchard surveys for Mexico certifications are still active. Plum harvest is still going strong with exports to, British Columbia and Mexico, with high domestic sales. A small number of pear orders are being packed and shipped out to Canada for export. Kiwifruit are developing and some vineyards are being shaded. Pistachio nuts are being shipped to India, Spain, China, the United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy., Vietnam, Turkey, Morocco, France, Mexico, Thailand, and Israel. Almond exports are shipping to Korea, Japan, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Panama, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore. Walnuts are being exported to Turkey. Pomegranate fruit is maturing and getting close to harvested.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Star Ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic markets as well as exported to Japan and Mexico. Olive fruit continues 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 next season’s crop. Valencia oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets, as well as exported to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Mexico.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, AND BERRIES:
Watermelons, eggplant, sweet corn, peppers, okra, and squash are being harvested and sold at local fruit stands. Salad greens, herbs, onions, tomatoes, and other vegetables continue to be harvested and sold at local Farmer’s Markets. Eggplant foliage is getting large.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: The fed cattle market is at $140/cwt. this week. Rangeland is in fair to poor condition due to the lack of moisture and rainfall. 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 stays hot. Dairymen are doing their best to maintain cool conditions for their cows in this ongoing heatwave.
TOM’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: We are receiving shipments of ornamental plants at commercial nurseries and stores.. Local wholesale citrus nurseries are shipping citrus trees, grafting buds and seed to local, out-of-state, and international nurseries and growers in Canada, the Bahamas, and Spain. Roses being exported to Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.