Crop Report for the week ending Feb. 3
By Tom Tucker
7:05 am,
February 3, 2024

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Most row crops have been cut and stored, however, some fields have remaining silage and grass. Winter grain and forage planting for wheat, oats, and barley is nearly completed throughout the county. Recent rains have aided germination and growth of newly planted grain fields. Harvested cotton is being ginned. The rainfall has been a welcome sight, winter storms have been beneficial for crop development. Wet field conditions have halted any mechanical field work. Some aerial pesticides applications have been made on forage crops. Some silage and pasture grasses continue growing with irrigation and rainwater.

DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Pecans are being exported to the Middle East, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore. Pistachio packing continues with export shipping to Netherlands, Bosnia, Poland, Germany, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Korea, Jordan, Latvia, Switzerland, Thailand, China, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Vietnam, Portugal, Italy, India, Turkey, and Hong Kong. Almond packing and shipping continues to export markets like Israel, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Italy, Japan, Germany, Colombia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. The wine and table grape harvest has been completed. Apple, pomegranate, and persimmon harvest is complete. Stone fruit trees, persimmon trees, and grape vines are being pruned for dormancy. Bees have been placed for pollination in almond orchards. Almond packing slowly continues with exports going to India, Taiwan, South Africa, Japan, Korea, United Arab Emirates, China, Jamaica, and Germany. 

CITRUS, AVOCADOS, AND OLIVES: Citrus crops continue to be harvested. Mandarin fruits are being picked and packed for the domestic market, China, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Grapefruits are being harvested and exported to Japan and Korea. Lemons are being harvested, packed, and exported to Mexico, Japan, and Australia. Limes are being exported to New Zealand. Organic navels are being shipped to national markets. Navels are being packed for domestic and international markets. Navel exports are shipping to Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Hon Kong, Peru, El Salvador, and Mexico.

VEGETABLES, MELONS, HERBS, AND BERRIES: Roadside stands are beginning to grow strawberry starts with plastic tarping. Lettuce, onions, and garlic have all been planted for the upcoming spring. The upcoming storms are producing some worry for fragile crops. Such as strawberries before harvest. Some peas are being planted as well.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY: Sheep are grazing on retired cropland, harvested grain fields, and some alfalfa fields. Fall calving and lambing season continues for local beef cattle and sheep herds. Irrigated pastures are in good condition. Non-irrigated pasturelands are in good to excellent condition with the cooler temperatures and continued rains. Higher feed and fuel prices are affecting market prices. The fed-cattle price is $174/cwt this week.

TOM’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nursery stock continues to move into and out of Tulare County from other parts of the United States and Canada. Cut flowers are being imported from various parts of the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia to flower shops in Tulare County. Incoming plant shipments are being inspected at the UPS and FedEx terminals in Visalia. Bee hives continue to be moved into the state for overwintering and in preparation for spring pollination.

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Tom Tucker