Visalia, Calif., (November 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 Cotton is still being harvested for lint and seed. Fields are being shredded and disced to comply with Cotton Plowdown Regulations. All fields must be brought into compliance prior to December 20th. Alfalfa fields are still going strong, and continue to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Black-eyed beans are still being harvested and processed. Most summer crops have been harvested, and fields are being worked and having fertilizer spread for winter planting. Seed is being shipped in for winter forage crops.
Table grape harvest is nearing completion, and grapes are being exported to Australia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Kiwifruit are being exported to Mexico. Persimmons are being harvested and sold domestically, with some shipments to Australia and Mexico. Pistachio nuts are being exported to China, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Walnuts continue to be harvested and exported to China. Almonds are being exported to Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan. Pruning has started in some stone fruit orchards. Some older, poorly producing orchards and vineyards are being removed and prepared for replanting.
The harvest of early navel oranges is underway, with early varieties being packed for the domestic market. Maturity continues to be good, with tests above minimum requirements. Fruit Cocktail hybrid grapefruit are being harvested and packed. Melogold and Oro Blanco hybrid grapefruit are being picked and exported to Japan and Korea. Pomelos are being exported to Australia. Tangerine harvest is beginning. Limes are being shipped to New Zealand. Olive groves are being pruned.
Fall vegetables are being harvested and sold at the Farmer’s Markets and roadside stands. Some strawberries continue to grow at roadside stands.
Rangeland forage conditions are fair to poor. Some supplemental feeding is required. The fed cattle market price is up to $117.00 per hundred weight. Harvested grain fields continue to be sheeped-off in 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. Bare-root roses are being received and processed for reshipment out-of-state.