Visalia, Calif., (April 28, 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 wheat is being cut for silage. Some harvested wheat fields are being sheeped-off before planting to a new crop. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; some are being cut and baled with the coming of drier weather. Dryland oats are being windrowed. Local dairies are green-chopping irrigated oats for feed and silage. Corn is both being planted and germinating well. Dried Black-eyed beans were exported to Australia and Malaysia.
Grapevines continue to leaf out. Some leaves are being picked off to allow for improved air circulation around the developing bunches. Stone fruit trees continue leafing out. Thinning of immature stone fruit continues. Cherries are progressing well and harvest should start near the end of the month. Almonds are being exported to Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. Pistachios and walnut trees continue blooming and leafing out. Pistachios are being exported to Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Spain. 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 and vineyards are being planted.
The late navel harvest is nearing its end. Navels continue to experience rind issues. Navel orange exports continue to Australia, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Valencia orange harvest continues at an accelerated pace. Valencia oranges are being exported to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Grapefruit are being picked, with most of the fruit being packed for the domestic market and exported to Chile and China. Minneola tangelos are being exported to Japan and the Netherlands. Lemons are being shipped to Japan. Orange groves are being hedge-rowed and skirted. Seedless tangerines are netted to prevent cross pollination by bees during the bloom. Olive trees are blooming.
Cucumbers continue to grow under hot caps, although their increasing size will require caps to be removed soon. Eggplant and squash are being planted. Early planted Summer squash continue to grow and bloom. Additional summer vegetables are being planted without hot caps. Blueberries were exported to Japan and Taiwan. Strawberries are being harvested and sold at roadside stands.
Sunny warm weather continues to allow rangeland forage to grow rapidly. Recent rains will continue to benefit rangeland forage growth. Range and pasture conditions remain excellent. The fed cattle price remains at $128.00 per hundred-weight.
Wholesale nurseries are shipping large amounts of stock to both local and out-of-state retail outlets. Mature olive trees are being dug from groves and sold for use in landscaping.