A Look at Loadings for Pumpkins, Colorado Onions, NC Sweet Potatoes

A Look at Loadings for Pumpkins, Colorado Onions, NC Sweet Potatoes

IMG_6548Halloween, and then Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and one big hint of those events coming are pumpkin shipments.  Those loadings have actually been going on since August in some places, but now bigger volume is taking place.

A vast majority of pumpkins are shipped relatively short distances, primarily because the item is grown in virtually every one of the lower 48 states.  Still, some pumpkins are shipped several hundred miles.

From upstate to New York down to the Carolinas a significant drop in pumpkin shipments are expected due to excessive rains.   Much better growing conditions and the resulting volume is seen from the upper Midwestern states.  New Mexico is reporting good loadings, but most destinations are to regional markets in nearby states such as Texas, Oklahoma and some to Colorado.

The five leading pumpkin shipping states are:  Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

NE Colorado Onion Shipments

Northeast Colorado onion shipments are not expected to be signficantly affected from heavy rains in the state in mid September, just some harvesting delays.  At least this is what Colorado onion shipper are saying.   Up to eight inches of rain pounded the area over a six-day period.  It is still recomended looking for possible quality problems when loading these onions coming out of storage.

Northeastern Colorado has about 2,000  to 2,500 acres of onions, which is only about 2.5 percent of total storage onions in the USA….There also are some norkotah potato shipments from this area, but no word as yet on how quality or volume may be affected.

Sweet Potato Shipments

North Carolina is the nation’s leader with sweet potato shipments.  Both the Tar Heel state, as well a loadings from other leading sweet potato states are expected to be down around 20 to 25 percent, compared to the season that recently ended.  Some other areas with significant sweet potato volume are California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Shipments are so light right now as farmers have just finished the old crop and are starting to harvest the new crop, that shipments of uncured, green sweet potatoes are taking place to meet demand.  Just make sure your receiver is aware of this.  It takes about 30 to 45 days once sweet potatoes are harvested, to be cured.  Weather issues have resulted in harvests running two to four weeks late.  Curing should be completed by late October.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2250 to New York City.