Tulare co. crop report
For the week ending
June 29, 2013.
Small Grains And
Other Field Crops:
The planting of corn for silage is almost complete. Early-planted corn has entered the tasseling stage. Harvesting wheat for grain is occurring throughout Tulare County. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Cotton is showing good growth on early-planted fields. Alfalfa is being irrigated, cut, and baled. Summer dry beans continue to be irrigated and cultivated.
Deciduous Tree Fruits,
Nuts, And Grapes:
Orchards are being sprayed and irrigated. The harvesting of apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums continues with many mid-season varieties being harvested. Black plums, plumcots, Summer Lion nectarines, and Rich Lady and Galaxy peaches are among the varieties of stone fruit being harvested. Orchard surveys for the Mexico Export Program continue on a daily basis. Stone fruit is being exported to Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin American countries.
Walnut, almond, and pistachio orchards continue to be irrigated. Walnut orchards are being sprayed for Codling Moth. Almonds and pistachios continue to be exported to Hong Kong, India, Chile, and the European Union. Grape vineyards continue to be irrigated and maintained to reduce weeds.
Valencia orange harvest continues, with exports being sent to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Citrus regreening is becoming more common due to the higher temperatures, and has packers sorting by color. Citrus exports have slowed down due to the increase in citrus regreening and less fruit to be picked. Olive bloom is finished and fruit is sizing normally.
Yellow and Zucchini squash, Bell peppers, Chili peppers, cucumbers, and eggplant harvest has started. Certified Producers are picking tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, sweet corn, and peppers for sale at local Farmer’s Markets. Blueberry harvest is slowing down in the southern part of Tulare County. Blueberry harvest has finished in most parts of Tulare County.
Livestock And Poultry:
Fed Cattle Market has dropped $2.00 to $122/cwt. Rangeland conditions are very dry. Ranchers are supplementing feed with baled hay and some grain.
Hot temperatures have caused an increase in irrigation for all crops. Citrus nursery trees continue to move throughout the county in small amounts.
-Prepared by Marilyn Kinoshit, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.