Visalia, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – 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, such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains, and forage mixes continue to be irrigated to maintain growth. Pre-emergent herbicides are being applied to fields, and weed control is expected to pick up in the next few weeks. As always more rain is needed to maintain good growth and avoid irrigation. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Australia.
Stone fruit, pecan, walnut, and pistachio orchards, along with grape vineyards, continue to be pruned and debris shredded. Some old orchards and vineyards are being pushed out to make way for new plantings. More stone fruit orchards are starting to bloom, with the earliest varieties in full bloom. Some almond trees have started blooming. Bee colonies are now being moved into almond and stone fruit orchards in anticipation of the bloom. Almonds in storage are being exported to Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates. Pistachio shipments are going to Australia, Bulgaria, China, France, Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. Pecans are being exported to Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Some kiwifruit are being shipped to Australia, Honduras, Japan, and Mexico.
Navel orange, Mandarin, and lemon harvest continues. Some pruning and skirting of orange groves is occurring. Navel oranges continue to be packed and shipped domestically and exported to Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Thailand. The warm weather is starting to impact navel orange quality. Cara Cara oranges are also being shipped to Japan and other Asian countries. Mandarins are going to Chile and Malaysia. Minneola tangelos are still being shipped to Japan and the European Union.
Vegetable fields are continuing to be prepared for early plantings of squash and cucumbers. Greenhouse vegetables continue to be harvested. Strawberry and blueberry plantings are progressing well and some are starting to bloom.
The lack of rain has left the rangeland forage in poor condition. More rain is needed to help with germination and growth of rangeland forage. The fed cattle market remained steady at $126.00 per hundred weight this week. Egg production has increased due to the warm weather
Retail nurseries are stocked up on both perennial and annual plants for the spring season. Bare-root roses are being received and processed for reshipment out-of-state, with most shipments going to Florida and Canada. Wholesale nurseries are shipping out bare-root trees and shrubs to domestic and export markets. Camellias are being sent to local and out-of-state nurseries.