Visalia, Calif., (March 10, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that winter forage crops are maturing well. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Australia and Korea.
Fieldwork in vineyards and orchards continues with: pruning, tying, berm sanitation, and brush shredding. Some early varieties of stone fruit are beginning to bloom and leaf-out. Bloom sprays are being applied following the recent rain. Cherries are beginning to bloom. Kiwifruit are being shipped domestically and exported to Guatemala, Japan, and Mexico. Some almond orchards are beginning to bloom, and bee colonies are being moved in for pollination. Almonds are being exported Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Pistachios are being sent to Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Vietnam. New orchards are being planted.
The citrus harvest is continuing. All the recent rains are having some impact on overall quality. Navel oranges and Mandarins are being shipped to Australia, Chile, China, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Vietnam. Minneola tangelos are sent to Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Lemons are being exported to Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Orange groves are being hedge-rowed and skirted. A few growers are starting to net the seedless tangerines to prevent cross-pollination by bees during the coming bloom. Pruning of olives continues.
Squash are currently being planted in hot tunnels. New fields are being prepared for spring planting. Strawberries fields continue to thrive. Previously planted onions continue to progress well.
Rangeland and dryland pasture quality continue to improve with all the recent rainfall. Condition is excellent due to continued rainfall and warmer weather. The fed cattle price is $125 per hundred weight.
Bare root rose nursery stock continues to be received, processed, and shipped out. Shipments of wholesale nursery stock are picking up as spring sales begin in earnest. Local bare root nurseries are busy digging stock as weather and soil conditions allow.