Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending Dec. 31

Small grains and other field crops: Dried beans are being exported to Guadeloupe, France, and Martinique, as well as nationally. Winter grain and forage crops such as wheat, oats, and barley are being planted county-wide. Recent rains have helped with germination of newly planted grain fields. Harvested cotton is being ginned. Corn seed is being shipped in from out-of-state. Recent rains have been beneficial for crop development. Next year’s cotton fields have been furrowed and are being left fallow until spring planting. Some fields continue being ripped and leveled in preparation for late winter and spring plantings. 

Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Stored table grapes are still being repackaged in packing houses. Repacked table grapes are being exported to Mexico, but most grapes are being shipped for domestic market. Fuyu persimmons are being picked locally for domestic and export markets in Mexico and Central America. Pomegranates in storage are being exported to the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Korea, and Australia. Pistachios are being exported to Israel, Australia, India, Turkey, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Switzerland, Turkey, Singapore, Jordan, Mexico, United Kingdom, China. Netherlands, France, United Arab Emirates, China, Vietnam, India, Spain, and Egypt. Almond are still being packed and exported to China, Turkey, the Philippines, Vietnam, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Belgium, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates. Walnuts are being exported to Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Spain, Vietnam, and China. Pecan harvest continues, and are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore.

Citrus, avocados, and olives: Citrus harvest was delayed this week due to the heavy rain. Navels are being packed for the domestic market, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Mexico. High-brix navels are being exported to Korea. Varieties of navel oranges being harvested includes Beck, Cara Cara, Tule Gold, Atwood, Fisher, Washington, Fukumoto, and TI. Organic navel oranges are being picked and packed for domestic markets. Locally grown Fruit Cocktail grapefruit are being picked for the export market in Japan. Clementine Mandarins are being picked and packed for domestic markets. Pomelos and Oro Blanco grapefruit are being harvested and packed for export to Japan, Australia, and Korea, as well as domestic markets. Lemons are starting to be picked and exported to Japan and New Zealand. Limes are currently being harvested and exported to New Zealand.

Vegetables, melons, herbs, and berries: Strawberry fields are being prepared for next year’s crop. Fields are being prepped and planted with winter vegetables. Blueberries are being planted. Winter crops are being planted at roadside stands like broccoli, onions, garlic, lettuce, and cabbage.

Livestock and poultry: Irrigated pastures have benefited from the recent rains and are in good to excellent condition. Moisture in the soil has stimulated growth and development of grasses in pastures and rangelands. Cool and humid weather should help grazing conditions for cattle. The fed-cattle market is up to $156/cwt this week. 

Tom’s additional comments: 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 in the county. Incoming plant shipments are being inspected at local shipping facilities. Indoor houseplant shipments continue. Local wholesale citrus nurseries are shipping citrus trees, graft wood and seed to local, out-of-state (Hawaii and Arizona), and international nurseries and growers in Canada and the Bahamas.

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