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Michigan Produce Shipments are Picking Up; Washington Fuji Apple Shipments

One should know summertime has arrived when Michigan vegetable shipments are moving into good, normal volume.....Some Washington apple shipments grossing a $1000 more than others. Following a chilly spring, weather has warmed and crops have really been coming on.  Buurma Farms of Gregory, MI started with light volume the last week of May with radishes, which soon were followed by cilantro, parsley, beets and celery. Van Solkema Produce of Byron Center, MI is just getting underway with squash and cabbage, with initial ...

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Mucci Opens Phase 1 of Greenhouse Operation in Huron, Ohio

By Mucci Farms Huron, Ohio — Mucci Farms announces that they are officially harvesting out of Phase 1 of their 60-acre greenhouse facility in Huron, Ohio.  “After years of hard work and strategic planning, we’re excited to hit another milestone in the Mucci Farms story,” said Bert Mucci, CEO of Mucci Farms. The entire 60-acre facility will be growing primarily Tomatoes On-the-Vine with some snack sized specialty tomatoes.  The company also announced that the entire 60-acres will be equipped with supplemental High ...

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Fewer Florida Avocado Shipments are Coming This Year

Thanks to Hurricane Irma there will be a significant drop in Florida avocado shipments this season.  As much as 60 percent of the volume may have been lost. Most shipments will be get underway during the first half of June.  Caution is recommended to Florida avocado haulers to be aware of possible wind scarring of the fruit and make sure their receivers are aware of it.  However, most shippers are contending fruit quality overall is good. Brooks Tropicals of Homestead, FL points ...

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ALC Logistics Announces Alchemy Brand

By Allen Lund Company La Cañada Flintridge Calif.: ALC Logistics, the software and LTL division of the Allen Lund Company has announced the consolidation of it's full TMS offering, under the Alchemy brand.  It is a software and transportation solution for the shipping industry, with a focus on perishable freight.  ALC has been committed to the development of their TMS solution for years.  Under the guidance of CIO, Chetan Tandon, the product offering is especially geared to the produce and perishable ...

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Christopher Ranch Garlic Shipments to Have Most Volume in Decades

During the past 10 years there has been a resurgence of California garlic shipments. This means production levels not seen in decades. Christopher Ranch of Gilroy, CA expects to ship about 100 million pounds of garlic this year, the most in years.  Harvest got underway in early June. The company was started in 1956 by Don Christopher with 10 acres of garlic. Christopher Ranch harvested 5 million pounds of organic garlic in 2017 and expects to harvest 10 million pounds of organic garlic ...

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Ontario Vegetable Shipments are Now Underway

While most reports on Ontario vegetable shipments seem to focus on greenhouse-grown products, Canadian government statistics show the province has plenty of field-grown produce. There were double digit increases in 2017 over 2016 with Ontario-grown beets, Brussels sprouts, green onions, radishes, parsnips and celery. Additionally, Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Rural Affairs reported double digit acreage declines for carrots, cauliflower, sweet corn, field-grown tomatoes, squash and zucchini, field-grown cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, bell peppers, and lettuce. The Holland Marsh muck region, located about ...

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Truck Shortage Results in Lost Business for Red Potato Shippers

By Ted Kreis - NPPGA Communications Truck shortage cause shippers lost sales. Marketers in the Red River Valley held the base price for #1 size A reds at or above $15 per hundredweight (cwt.) from September through February but a chain of events this spring sent the market on a big decline with some loads being sold as low as $8.00 per cwt. in mid-April.  That is a 14-year low. 1. Big Crop - The Red River Valley had a big red ...

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Black Gold Farms’ Fresh Red Potato Program Moves on to Missouri

By Black Gold Farms Grand Forks, ND - Black Gold Farms will be harvesting fresh red potatoes in the boot heel of Missouri starting the middle of June. With ideal planting and growing conditions and plenty of moisture, this year’s crop looks to be one of the best yet. Black Gold Farms will be harvesting, packing and shipping their own red potatoes out of Arbyrd, MO farm and packing facility until the middle of July. Yellow potatoes are also available to ensure ...

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