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Shipping Outlooks: Hurricane Damaged FL; ID Spuds, WA Apples and Imported Mangoes

Here's a shipping outlook for different areas and commodities ranging from Florida after Hurricane Irma, to Idaho potatoes, Washington apples and imported mangoes. Florida's projected 75 million-box orange crop may have been slashed by 40 percent or more due to Hurricane Irma, depending on where the groves are located.  Heavy losses are also are expected with grapefruit and other items. This is the off season for many Florida vegetable shipments, but products such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and strawberries in South Florida ...

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Shenandoah Growers Deploying Indoor Farming Nationwide

By Shenandoah Growers ROCKINGHAM, Va. -- Shenandoah Growers, Inc. (SGI), the leading grower and marketer of certified organic fresh herbs for retail in the U.S., announces the attainment of another milestone in the company's drive to fundamentally change the way highly perishable produce is grown and distributed.  Leveraging a proprietary combination of automated greenhouses and indoor LED vertical grow rooms to produce over 30 million certified organic plants per year, SGI brings a third indoor growing facility online.  The new facility, located in Texas, ...

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Wisconsin Potato Shipments Could be Affected by Frost; Red River Valley is Barely Underway

Volume in terms of hundredweight is expected to be down only slightly for Wisconsin potatoes shipments this season.  Meanwhile, the Red River Valley has very limited potato shipments at this point. Wisconsin’s potato shipments are expected be off about 5 percent this season from a year amounting to 27 million hundredweight (cwt) the 2017 18 growing. storage and shipping season.  The 2016=17 fresh volume totaled 28.5 million cwt. Due to a late weather related planting, growers will be leaving the potatoes in ...

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Drain the Swamp Hell....Nuke the Swamp!

By Larry Oscar Well, it’s that time again. Time to rant about some ignorant thing our left wing emotional liberals have done.  But I guess we conservatives should not gloat so much. It’s sort of like playing chess with the dog.  The recent events have given us all pause to examine our values in greater depth. This country was built on diversity and that includes a diversity of opinion. That was what we taught children back in the day. For some reason liberals ...

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Shipping Updates from Salinas Veggies to FL Citrus and Imported Persimmons

While Salinas Valley veggie shipments have been hindered due to weather related issues, it may pale in comparison to Florida oranges after Hurricane Irma.  Also, imported Japanese persimmons to be become a reality. Salinas Valley vegetable shipments leading up to Labor Day were paired back because of hot weather and the effects are still being felt nearly two weeks later.  When the temperature surpasses 90 degrees F. it becomes to hot for field workers, not to mention quality issues come into focus.  ...

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Sweet Potato Shipments for New Season are Just Getting Started

U.S. domestic sweet potato shipments of the new crop started recently from two of the leading states, North Carolina and Louisiana. Loading opportunities for sweet potatoes should be similar this season compared to a year ago from the top volume state of North Carolina, as well as from Louisiana.   The harvest got underway in late August by some companies, while getting started in early September with others.  Assuming the product is cured before shipping, this mean the hauling season has barely ...

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Record Sales for Pazazz Apples are Seen for This Winter

Pazazz apples shattered retail sales targets last winter, less than a year ahead of its nationwide 2018 roll out, according to Honeybear Brands. The variety, which debuted a month earlier than usual in December 2016, sold faster, in more markets and more retail stores than at any other time since its initial introduction. “We’re looking at the sales numbers and receiving feedback from our retail partners as we speak,” Don Roper, Honeybear's vice president of sales and marketing, said in a ...

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New Apple Varieties are being Introduced by Companies Coast-to-Coast

From coast-to-coast apple growers are growing new apple varieties to increase sales. For example there are New York apple growers looking to make a splash with the RubyFrost and SnapDragon varieties. On the opposite side of the country there are growers and shippers pushing varieties for club stores such as Jazz and Envy. The Honeycrisp is perhaps the best example of a meteoric rise in an apple variety, plus the initial success of the RubyFrost and Snap Dragon have been impressive. While some of the new varieties ...

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