Visalia, Calif., (December 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 Seed is being shipped in and planted to winter forage crops such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains and forage mixes. Irrigation has been necessary to maintain growth. Last week’s rain, while welcome, was insufficient.
Stored table grapes are being distributed to foreign markets in China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. Persimmons are continuing to be harvested, with some exports going to Mexico. Kiwifruit shipments have slowed, with some exports to Mexico and Taiwan. Pistachio nuts are being exported to Austria, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, and Vietnam. Almonds are being shipped to Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Pruning continues in vineyards, stone fruit and nut orchards.
The navel orange harvest continues, with exports headed to Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. Pomelos are being harvested and sold domestically, as well as exported to China and Japan. Melogold hybrid grapefruit are being exported to Japan. Lemons are being exported to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Finger limes are being exported to France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Overnight temperatures continue to be a concern for citrus growers. Olive growers continue to prune groves.
Fields are being prepared and planted with winter vegetable crops. Lettuce continues to grow. Strawberries are growing at roadside stands.
The lack of rainfall has left rangeland forage conditions poor. More rain is needed to help with germination and growth of rangeland forage. Supplemental feeding has been required. The fed cattle market price is holding at $120.00 per hundred weight this week.
Bare-root roses are being received and processed for reshipment out-of-state, mostly to Texas. Nursery shipments have slowed due to the winter weather.