Visalia, Calif., (April 7, 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 Winter forage crops are maturing well. Oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Some alfalfa fields are being cut and baled. Corn seed is being received in advance of planting. Black-eyed beans were exported to Korea.
Grapevines are in third to sixth leaf stage. Fruit development is taking place in almonds and stone fruit. Thinning of immature fruit on stone fruit has started. Kiwi vines are leafing out. Almonds are being sent to Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. Pistachios and walnut trees are blooming. Pistachios are being exported to Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and Vietnam. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in orchards. Old vineyards and orchards continue to be pushed out to make way for new plantings. New orchards are being planted.
The late navel harvest is continuing, and has several more weeks remaining. Navels continue to experience rind issues. Navel orange exports continue to Australia, China, Ecuador, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Valencia oranges continue to be harvested at a slow but accelerating pace. Valencia oranges are being exported to China and Japan. Star Ruby grapefruit are being picked, with most of the fruit being packed for the domestic market and export to Chile and China. Mandarins are being shipped to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Minneola tangelos are being exported to Japan. Orange groves are being hedge-rowed and skirted. Growers continue to net the seedless tangerines to prevent cross pollination by bees during the bloom. Some olive trees are blooming. Citrus bloom has been declared for Districts 1 and 2.
Many fields are being prepared for sowing or transplanting vegetables. Those already established have increased mechanical weed control. Cucumbers continue to grow under hot caps. The hot tunnels over squash have been removed. Blueberries are blooming. Strawberries fields are being harvested.
Sunny warm weather is allowing rangeland forage to grow rapidly. Recent rains will continue to benefit rangeland forage growth. Range and pasture conditions remain excellent. Fed cattle prices are up to $136.00 per hundredweight.
Potted roses are being shipped to Hawaii. Only a few bare root roses are being shipped now. Due to the warm weather there has been an increase in the shipment of wholesale nursery stock. Mature olive trees continue to be dug for landscaping purposes.