For the week ending October 7, 2017.
SMALL GRAINS & OTHER FIELD CROPS:
Alfalfa fields continue to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Sorghum fields are being harvested. Corn silage continues to be harvested. Cotton harvesting has started in some county fields. Black-eyed beans continue to be harvested.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, & GRAPES:
Peaches, nectarines, and plums continue to be picked and shipped to both domestic and export markets. Stone fruit is being exported. Pistachio, almond and walnut harvest continue. Pears are being exported to Mexico. Table grape harvest continues, and are being exported to Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Vietnam. Thompson seedless grapes are being rolled and picked up. Pomegranate harvest continues, with exports going to Brazil and Australia. Kiwifruit are being harvested, and exported to Mexico and Panama. Persimmons are now coloring.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, & OLIVES:
Valencia oranges are being exported to China and Korea. Most citrus packing houses are getting ready for the new navel orange season. Citrus orchards are being skirted and trimmed for the coming season. Finger limes are being exported to Japan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. The olive crop is heavy and continues to be harvested.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, & BERRIES:
Certified producers are picking tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. Commercial plantings of Yellow squash, eggplant, Bell peppers, green Chili peppers, and cucumbers are being harvested and shipped domestically. Fall vegetables are developing well and some early varieties are almost ready for harvest. Strawberries continue to grow. Pumpkins patches look very mature and should be ready for picking soon.
LIVESTOCK & POULTRY:
Rangeland grazing is much better this year and helping ranchers off-set higher than average feed costs. The fed cattle market price is down to $104.00 per hundred weight. Harvested grain fields continue to be sheeped-off in the southern portions of the county.