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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (September 29, 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 Alfalfa fields continue to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Sorghum fields are being harvested. Corn silage continues to be harvested. Some cotton is still being irrigated, and bolls continue to develop. Some fields are being defoliated and having borders knocked down in preparation for harvest. Black-eyed beans continue to be harvested and exported to Korea.

Peaches, nectarines, and plums continue to be picked and shipped to both domestic and export markets. Stone fruit is being exported to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, and Taiwan. A few old stone fruit orchards are being pushed out. Pistachio harvest is continuing, with exports to China, the European Union, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and Vietnam. Almond harvest continues throughout the county. Almonds are being exported to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates. Walnuts continue to be harvested. Pears are being exported to Mexico. Asian pears are being shipped to Colombia and El Salvador. Table grape harvest continues, with exports going to Australia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, 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. Persimmons are now coloring.

Most citrus packing houses are getting ready for the new navel orange season. Some orange groves are being pushed out to make way for new plantings. Finger limes are being exported to Japan and the Netherlands. The olive crop is heavy and being picked.

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 have been planted and are developing well. Strawberries continue to grow. Pumpkins are being prepared for harvest.

Low elevation rangeland continues to dry and conditions are poor. Feed costs for cattle remains high. The fed cattle market price is at $106.00 per hundred weight. Harvested grain fields continue to be sheeped-off in the southern portions of the county.

Nursery shipments continue to be slow. Wholesale nurseries are shipping small amounts of stock to local and out-of-state retail outlets. New wells continue to be drilled.

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