Tulare County Crop Status (For the week ending March 16, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS:
Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Dairy forage crops are still flourishing from the
recent rain. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. Cover crops planted
between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil.

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES:
Petal-fall on almonds is occurring. Stored almonds are going to India, Denmark, Saudi Arabia,
the Netherlands, Finland, South Africa, Russian Federation, Chile, Germany, Israel, Kuwait,
Japan, Jordan, and Belgium. Pistachios are being exported to Mexico, Hong Kong, Spain,
Germany, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Israel, Vietnam, China, Singapore,
Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the European Union. Pecans are being exported to Japan and Israel.
Some stone fruit orchards are still being pruned, and are in bloom. Kiwis are still being pruned
and tied. Kiwifruit are being packed for the domestic market and exported to Japan and Mexico.
Grape vines continue to be pruned and tied.

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES:
Citrus packing houses are putting in long days to make up for the backlog. Navel oranges are
continuing to experience quality issues due to the season and rain. Navel and Blood oranges are
being exported to New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Chile, Peru, Singapore,
Indonesia, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, the Philippines,
Malaysia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Mexico. Mandarins are being packed for the domestic
market and exported to New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, and Mexico. Lemons are being exported
to Japan and New Zealand. Pomelos are being sent to New Zealand. Minneola tangelos are being
exported to the Netherlands. Seedless tangerines are being tented to prevent cross pollination.
Olive trees are being pruned.

VEGETABLES, MELONS, AND BERRIES:
Small amounts of winter vegetables continue to be grown and harvested. The preparation of
fields for spring planting has increased due to the warmer weather and appropriate soil moisture.
Strawberry transplants continue to be planted. Blueberries are blooming in greenhouses and
Bumble bees have been imported for pollination.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY:
Rangeland forage is in good condition, and warmer weather is enhancing growth. The break in
the rain is helping milk production.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Wholesale nurseries are starting to pick up on shipments to local and out-of-state nurseries for
the spring planting season.

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