Tulare County Crop Report (For the Week Ending: July 20, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

Small Grains, Other Field Crops:

Corn for silage continues to mature. Black-eyed beans continue to mature. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled.

Deciduous Tree Fruit, Nuts, And Grapes:

The stone fruit season continues on. Peaches are being exported to Canada, Taiwan, Costa Rica,Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, and Chile. Nectarines are being exported to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Chile. Plums are being exported to Canada, Taiwan, China, Costa Rica, and Australia. Apricots are being exported to Canada. Hand-pruning and mechanical topping continues to take place in some stone fruit orchards, after harvest. Immature stone fruit continues to develop.

Some older stone fruit groves are being removed after harvest. Grapes continue tomature and harvest has now slowly begun. Grapes are being exported to Japan, Korea, thePhilippines, and Thailand. Some vineyards continue to have leaves thinned to allow for betterairflow and light. Irrigation continues for grape vineyards. Almond, pecan, walnut, and pistachionuts continue to develop. Pistachios are being exported to Hong Kong, Spain, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and Turkey. Almonds are being exported to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica,Belgium, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, and Mexico. Persimmons continue todevelop. Irrigation continues for nut and stone fruit orchards.

Citrus, Avocados, And Olives:

Valencia and navel oranges continue to be harvested. Late navel harvest is nearing the end, withoranges being sent to domestic markets only. Gassing of Valencia oranges to improve color continues. Valencia oranges are mainly being sent to domestic markets, but they continue to beexported in small amounts to Mexico, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea. Ruby Grapefruitare being exported to Mexico. Finger limes continue to be exported to France and theNetherlands. Some citrus groves are being pruned and hedge rowed. Navel oranges are being harvested for juice from the field. Immature olives continue to develop.

Vegetables, Melons, Herbs, Berries:

Certified producers are picking tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, and squash. Summer vegetables continue to be sold at roadside stands and Farmer’s Markets. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are being picked and sold by local growers. Blueberries are beingexported to Japan, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.

Livestock And Poultry:

Rangeland forage is of good quality. The fed cattle price is at $110 per cwt.

Additional Comments:

Local wholesale nurseries are still shipping small orders of nursery stock to local and out-of-state retail nursery outlets. Nurseries continue to receive new rootstocks of various flowers and plants daily. Bare-root rose shipments continue to be sent to Florida.

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