Daily Farmer July 31, 2012

Agriculture in my Hometown of Tulare, California
My sons and I are on our annual trip to California visiting my family. Here in the Central Valley agriculture is king. Tulare County is one of the most productive farming areas in the world. As&#8230…

Agriculture in my Hometown of Tulare, California

My sons and I are on our annual trip to California visiting my family. Here in the Central Valley agriculture is king. Tulare County is one of the most productive farming areas in the world. As the 2nd largest agriculture producing county in the nation, if Tulare County were a state, it would rank 22nd in the U.S. for agriculture production.

There are several differences between agriculture production in Tulare County, where I grew up, and Geauga County, where I live now. During my visit, I’ve snapped some pictures of agriculture production around my parents home. Here are images commonly found in Tulare County that I don’t usually see in Geauga County. . . . .

Large, flat fields. . . .

A corn field with a dairy farm in the background

 Open lot dairy corrals. . . .

Irrigation. . . .

Cotton plants. . . .

Jack checks out the field of cotton

Pomegranate trees. . . .

Olive trees. . . .


Citrus trees. . . .

Orange trees, me and almond trees

Nut trees: walnut, almond, pistachio. . . .

Walnut orchard
Walnuts growing on the branch
Almond orchard
Almonds growing
The dairy industry has been challenging in recent years due to extremely high feed prices, so many dairy producers are planting some of their land in nut trees to diversify their income. . .
One side of the field is walnuts, the other side corn for silage

Crop duster. . .

The view from my parents backyard

Watching this crop duster provided entertainment during breakfast

Tulare County produces over 240 agriculture products. The climate and geography is ideal for large fields and dairy production. The top 10 commodities grown in Tulare County are; 1) Milk, 2) Oranges, 3) Grapes, 4) Cattle & Calves, 5) Corn Silage, 6) Pistachio nuts, 7) Nectarines, 8) Alfalfa, 9) Peaches, and 10) Almonds.

Jack with a corn stalk he picked

Geauga County is located in Northeast Ohio approximately 40 miles east of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Lake Erie. This rural agricultural county, with its rolling hills and plentiful woods, is best known for maple syrup production. In addition to maple products, farmers in Geauga County produce corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, nursery products, vegetables, fruit, dairy cows and horses.

Another difference is the weather. Summertime in Tulare County equals warm, sunny weather with almost no chance of rain – perfect for swimming! 

Garrett and Jack in the pool

We’ve enjoyed our trip to California!

Agriculture in my Hometown of Tulare, California

My sons and I are on our annual trip to California visiting my family. Here in the Central Valley agriculture is king. Tulare County is one of the most productive farming areas in the world. As the 2nd largest agriculture producing county in the nation, if Tulare County were a state, it would rank 22nd in the U.S. for agriculture production.

There are several differences between agriculture production in Tulare County, where I grew up, and Geauga County, where I live now. During my visit, I’ve snapped some pictures of agriculture production around my parents home. Here are images commonly found in Tulare County that I don’t usually see in Geauga County. . . . .

Large, flat fields. . . .

A corn field with a dairy farm in the background

 Open lot dairy corrals. . . .

Irrigation. . . .

Cotton plants. . . .

Jack checks out the field of cotton

Pomegranate trees. . . .

Olive trees. . . .


Citrus trees. . . .

Orange trees, me and almond trees

Nut trees: walnut, almond, pistachio. . . .

Walnut orchard
Walnuts growing on the branch
Almond orchard
Almonds growing
The dairy industry has been challenging in recent years due to extremely high feed prices, so many dairy producers are planting some of their land in nut trees to diversify their income. . .
One side of the field is walnuts, the other side corn for silage

Crop duster. . .

The view from my parents backyard

Watching this crop duster provided entertainment during breakfast

Tulare County produces over 240 agriculture products. The climate and geography is ideal for large fields and dairy production. The top 10 commodities grown in Tulare County are; 1) Milk, 2) Oranges, 3) Grapes, 4) Cattle & Calves, 5) Corn Silage, 6) Pistachio nuts, 7) Nectarines, 8) Alfalfa, 9) Peaches, and 10) Almonds.

Jack with a corn stalk he picked

Geauga County is located in Northeast Ohio approximately 40 miles east of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Lake Erie. This rural agricultural county, with its rolling hills and plentiful woods, is best known for maple syrup production. In addition to maple products, farmers in Geauga County produce corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, nursery products, vegetables, fruit, dairy cows and horses.

Another difference is the weather. Summertime in Tulare County equals warm, sunny weather with almost no chance of rain – perfect for swimming! 

Garrett and Jack in the pool

We’ve enjoyed our trip to California!

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Daily Farmer July 30, 2012

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Breakdowns? Too Few to Mention

 This is Farmer Fred’s combine, broken down by the side of the road. It is not the only trouble we have had this harvest season.For some reason harvest reminds me of Sinatra and the song “My Way.”  I suppose it is the drama of the finish…