SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS:
Summer row crops are all but harvested, and fields are being tilled and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues. Cotton is being harvested in parts of the county. Black-eyed beans are now being cut and placed in windrows.
DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES:
Stone Fruit export are slowing considerably. Remaining peaches, nectarines and plums are being exported to Mexico, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China. Apricots continue to be exported to Mexico. Old fruit trees are being pushed out in selective areas in favor of new plantings. Almond harvest continues, with exports to Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, India, Kuwait, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Pistachio harvest continues, with nuts being exported to Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, and Germany. Grapes are being shipped domestically, as well as exported to Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, China, Nicaragua, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Plastic tarping is being used on late-variety grapes to protect them from rain. Raisin grapes continue to be picked for sun-drying, with some completing the drying process and being picked up. Persimmons continue to mature and develop external color. Early variety pomegranate harvest continues, with some exports to Australia. Walnuts are being harvested and processed domestically. Candied apples are going to Canada.
CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES:
Lemons are being exported to Mexico. Valencia oranges continue to be packed for domestic markets, with some exports to Mexico, China, Hong Kong, and Korea. Finger Lime harvest begins, with exports to China, France, and the Netherlands. Citrus groves continue to be hedged and skirted. Early varieties of fall citrus are growing and should be ready for maturity testing a couple of weeks. Most olives have reached maturity and are beginning to be harvested.
VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, BERRIES:
Pumpkin patches are full and awaiting Halloween harvest. Various summer vegetables continue to be grown and sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets, including assorted peppers, squash, Zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. Strawberry beds are being prepared and planted.
LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY:
Pasture conditions remain poor, with ranchers welcoming the recent rainfall. Supplemental feeding with hay and/or grain continues. The Fed Cattle price is at $114 cwt.
Roses are being sent to Texas. Fall shipments of nursery stock from local wholesale nurseries continue. Fall varieties of ornamentals, such as Camellias, are being shipped domestically.