Visalia, Calif., (May 12, 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 green chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvested fields are being disked and planted to silage or other forage crops. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress; and being cut, dried, and baled. Corn continues being planted, and earlier planted fields are growing well. Cotton is up and being irrigated.
Early peaches, apricots, and nectarines are being harvested and shipped. The domestic market for stone fruit is strong. Exports to Brazil, Canada, and Mexico are picking up. Some orchard floors are being lined with reflective plastic to improve color prior to harvest. Cherry harvest continues, with exports to Colombia and Mexico. Almonds are being exported to Belgium, Cambodia, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. Pistachios are being exported to Belgium, France, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Pecans are being shipped to Mexico. Bees are being placed in kiwi vineyards for the bloom. Both mechanical and chemical weed control continues in orchards. Grapevines continue to have leaves removed to allow for improved air circulation and light around the developing bunches. New orchards and vineyards are being planted and irrigated.
The late navel orange harvest is finishing up, with exports to China, Japan, and Mexico. Valencia orange harvest continues. Regreening has not become an issue yet. Valencia oranges are being exported to Ecuador, Japan, and Korea. Lemons are being bagged and sent to Mexico. New citrus trees are being planted. Seedless tangerines are still netted. Olive bloom is finishing.
Early planted summer vegetables continue to grow. New fields are being prepared for planting of additional summer vegetables. Cucumbers, Zucchini squash, eggplant, and melons are being planted. Early planted Summer squash is being harvested. Early planted melons are blooming and setting fruit. Blueberries are being harvested, with exports to Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. Strawberries are being harvested and sold at roadside stands.
Range and pasture conditions at the lower elevations are drying and good to fair. Some cattle are being moved to higher elevations.
Wholesale nurseries are shipping large amounts of stock to both local and out-of-state retail outlets. Shipments are increasing as the demand for Mother’s Day flower and foliage plants increases. Mature olive trees are being dug from groves and sold for use in landscaping.