Fresno, Calif., (February 13, 2018) – Irrigated fields of barley, oats, triticale, wheat, and winter forage appeared to be rowing well; herbicides were applied to control broadleaf weeds. Lack of rain hurt the dry-land grain fields around the County, leaving fields with little or no growth. No dry-land grain was planted in the Kerman District this year. Bird damage was higher than normal in both newer and older crops.
Herbicides were applied to alfalfa fields to control winter weeds. Garlic crop was growing rapidly and being treated for weeds. Processing onions continued to be planted. Growers started preparing ground for the upcoming season by tilling, making furrows, and replacing drip tape.
Growers continued to prune almonds and stone fruit orchards during January. Dormant sprays, fertilizer, and herbicides were also applied to many orchards. Older almond orchards were removed in preparation for replanting. Beehives moved into many orchards as almond buds started to swell towards end of the end of the month. Pistachio, pomegranate and walnut orchards were also pruned and sprayed. Raisin, table, and wine grape vineyards where pruned, tied and treated for weeds. Vineyards around the County continued to be pulled, some growers planned to plant almonds, pistachios, and walnuts in their place. Almonds, Asian pears, pomegranates, raisins, and walnuts were exported to Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Viet Nam.
Head, leaf, and Romaine lettuce fields were planted for the Spring 2018 crop. Garlic and onions continued to be planted and have started to emerge. Kale and mizuna for seed production was also planted. Carrots continued to mature and where nearing harvest; empty carrot fields where being treated for rhizoctonia root fungus prior to planting. Parsley continued to be harvested in January. Broccoli, celery and spinach were growing nicely. Blueberry plants arrived from Oregon and new fields were planted. Blueberry buds started to swell towards the end of the month. Fields around the County continued to be prepared for the upcoming spring planting of crops. Onion and lettuce seed were exported to Japan and Republic of Korea and South Africa.
Harvesting continued in grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, orange, and pomelo orchards. Fungicides were applied to orchards, as well as plant growth regulators to prevent fruit drop. January saw some freezing temperatures in the Sanger District however, no significant freeze damage was reported. Olive groves were disced and had herbicide applications made to control weeds. Grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, oranges, pomelos, and tangelos were exported to Australia, Guatemala, Japan, Republic of Korea, and New Zealand.
Bees arrived from out of state and along with local hives, were placed in almond, cherry and plum orchards for the upcoming bloom. Supplemental feedings continued to be given to bees. Rangeland saw a tiny amount of rain but much more is needed. Calving and lambing season finished up. Sheep continued to graze in alfalfa and retired farmland.