Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Aug. 20

Cotton fields are in full bloom. Some fields of alfalfa are being cut for silage and baled for dairy feed. Corn silage harvest is in full swing throughout the county. Corn fields that were planted late in the season are still immature, with plants that have not formed tassels. Silage fields that have been harvested are being fertilized and prepped for winter crops. Bean fields continue to be treated for weeds and insects. Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe and St. Lucia.

Almonds are being shaken off the trees and swept. Nut trees are being sprayed for pests and some nut tree orchards are being tilled or sprayed for weed control prior to harvest. The new pistachio crop is near maturity, with harvest approaching quickly. Quince are maturing and being picked for local buyers. Table grape harvest is picking up with many varieties being picked, including summer diamond, sweet glove, ivory, krissy, flame seedless, Thompson, midnight beauty, and ruby rush. Grapes are currently being exported to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Orchard surveys for the United States to Mexico export program continue. Peaches, plums, and nectarines are currently being exported to Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, and Taiwan, along with high domestic sales. Prunes are being exported to China. Kiwifruit, persimmons, and pomegranates continue to develop and increase in size. Some pomegranates are being picked and packed for domestic shipment to Florida. Pistachio nuts are being shipped to Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Jordan, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand. Almond exports are being shipped to Korea, Japan, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Panama, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Belgium. Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore. Walnuts are being exported to Israel.

Star ruby grapefruit are being packed for the domestic market, as well as exported to Japan 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. Old citrus groves are being removed and being replaced with young citrus trees. Valencia oranges continues to be picked and packed for domestic markets, and exported to Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia

Previously planted peppers, pumpkins, squash, sugar cane, sweet corn, and zucchini squash continue to grow. Eggplant and serrano peppers continue to be harvested. Some local stands are still selling summer squash, melons, and tomatoes.

The fed-cattle market is at $140/cwt. this week. Milk production at the dairies is down due to the hot weather. Grazing conditions are getting limited with the extreme summer heat for local ranchers with range cattle. Some ranchers are continuing to supplement their livestock with alfalfa and oat hay. Local cattlemen are moving cattle to areas that have better forage for their cattle and reducing herd size.

Nursery stock continues to move into and out of Tulare County from other parts of the United States and Canada. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to flower shops. Roses are being exported to Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.

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