Small grains and other field crops: Silage corn and Black-eyed beans are maturing well with the summer heat and water. Cotton is being irrigated and cultivated.
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: The stone fruit season is continuing to step up, with summer officially starting last week. Hand thinning of late varieties is still being done in some orchards. Peaches are being exported to Australia, Canada, Taiwan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Thailand, and Mexico; nectarines to Chile, Costa Rica, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico; apricots are being exported to Canada and Mexico; and plums to Mexico, Canada, China, and Thailand. Pluots are also being shipped to domestic and export markets. Grapevines are continuing to be prepared for harvest. Walnut, almond, and pistachio nuts are developing. Last season’s pistachio nuts continue to be exported to Italy, Turkey, Hong Kong, Israel, India, the United Arab Emirates, France, Greece, Australia, Mexico, Vietnam, Lithuania, and Spain. Almonds are being sent to Korea, China, Japan, Israel, India, and South Africa. Irrigation continues in stone fruit and nut tree orchards.
Citrus, avocados, and olives: Most citrus packing houses are packing Valencia oranges for domestic orders, with some exports going to Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Lemons are being packed for domestic markets and export to Japan and Mexico. Grapefruit is being exported to Mexico and Japan. Mechanical maintenance for citrus groves continues with some orchards being topped and/or skirted. Some orange groves are being removed to make way for new plantings. Olives continue to mature.
Vegetables, melons, and berries: Growers are selling blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries for sale at roadside stands. Certified producers are growing beans, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and squash for sale to the public at local Farmer’s Markets. More summer vegetables continue to grow, with fields being prepped for harvest.
Livestock and poultry: Rangeland forage remains in good condition. The fed cattle market price is at $112/cwt. Local cattlemen are starting to move some of their livestock to areas where there is better forage.
Additional comments: Small orders from local wholesale nurseries are being shipped to local and out-of-state outlets. There are a few incoming shipments of nursery stock, and still some bare root roses are being sent to eastern states.
Prepared by Tom Tucker, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer