Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending Nov. 5

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, French Polynesia, and Martinique as well as domestic retailers. Cotton harvest continues throughout the county. Harvested corn silage fields are being fertilized, tilled, and planted with winter grains. Manure is being spread between crop rotations. Alfalfa continues to be irrigated, cut, dried, and baled. Sudangrass is being cut, dried, and baled. Fields are being leveled and prepped for winter grain crops. Bagged horse feed is being exported to Japan. 

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit trees are being pruned for dormancy. Pomegranates are being harvested and exported to Japan, Mexico, Korea, and Australia. Kiwifruit are being exported to Dominican Republic. Table grapes are still packing and repacking fruit for export. Grape varieties like Autumn Royal, Autumn Crisp, Green Envy, Allison, and Adora are shipping to Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, Indonesia, Honduras, and Malaysia. Hachiya persimmons continue to develop color. Persimmons are being picked for domestic markets and exported to Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. Pomegranate harvest continues. Early Wonderful pomegranates are being picked and sold to local markets and exported to New Zealand. Peaches, plums, and nectarines are currently being exported to Mexico. Almond packing is in full swing with export shipping to Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Taiwan. Pistachio harvest in now complete, with exports to Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and Australia. The walnut harvest continues throughout the county. Walnuts are being exported to Turkey, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Spain, Vietnam, and China. Older walnut and almond orchards are being removed in various parts of the county. Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore.

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Old citrus groves are being removed and being replaced with young citrus trees. Lemons are starting to be picked. Pummelos are starting to be picked in the region for packing at local citrus houses. Local citrus packing houses are receiving small loads of early navel oranges picked and packed for domestic markets. Some grapefruit are being picked and readied for packing. Valencia oranges are being picked and packed for domestic market as well as exports to Mexico. Olives are seen being picked throughout the county. Melogold grapefruit are being harvested and packed for export to Korea. 

VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, AND BERRIES: Fields are being prepped for winter vegetables. Sugar cane continues to grow. Eggplants and yellow squash continue to be harvested. 

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Middle weight, heavy weight, and butcher cows are being sold at good prices. The fed-cattle market was at $146/cwt this week. Cows and bulls are in demand, and bred cows are in a higher demand than in previous weeks. The warmer days are coming to an end with more dewy mornings which will help green up the rangeland. This week’s rain should help rangeland conditions.

TOM’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Small amounts of ornamental nursery stock continue to be received in nurseries and stores. Mature olive trees continue to be extracted from the soil and sent to Southern California where they are used in ornamental landscaping. Cut flowers are being imported from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to flower shops in the county. House plants, fall vegetable starts, and some bare root trees are moving around at local nurseries as temperatures begin to fall. Nurseries have stocked up on winter decorative plants and Christmas trees. Grass seed is being inspected and sold at local garden centers.

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