Visalia, Calif., (April 14, 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. Oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being cut and baled. Corn is both being planted and germinating.
Grapevines continue to leaf out. Due to the continued sporadic rains fungicides are being applied to vineyards. Stone fruit trees continue leafing out. Thinning of immature stone fruit continues. Almonds are being exported to Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam. Pistachios and walnut trees continue blooming and leafing out. Pistachios are being exported to Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and Vietnam. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in orchards. Old vineyards and orchards continue to be pushed out to make way for new plantings. New orchards are being planted.
The late navel harvest is nearing its end. Navels continue to experience rind issues. Navel orange exports continue to Australia, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Valencia orange harvest continues at an accelerated pace. Valencia oranges are being exported to China, Japan, and Korea. Star Ruby grapefruit are being picked, with most of the fruit being packed for the domestic market and exported to Chile. Mandarins are being shipped to Australia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, and Peru. Minneola tangelos are being exported to Japan and the Netherlands. Lemons are being shipped to Japan. Orange groves are being hedge- rowed and skirted. Seedless tangerines are netted to prevent cross pollination by bees during the bloom. Some olive trees are blooming.
Cucumbers continue to grow under hot caps, though their increasing size will require caps to be removed soon. Early planted Summer squash continue to grow and bloom. Additional summer vegetables are being planted without hot caps. Blueberries were exported to Taiwan. Strawberries fields are being harvested and sold at roadside stands.
Sunny warm weather is allowing rangeland forage to grow rapidly. Recent rains will continue to benefit rangeland forage growth. Range and pasture conditions remain excellent. The fed cattle price is at $126.00 per hundred weight.
Only a few bare root roses are being shipped now. Due to the warm weather there has been an increase in the shipment of wholesale nursery stock. Mature olive trees continue to be dug for landscaping purposes.