Shipping Update: CA Walnuts, Veggies and FL Tomatoes

Shipping Update: CA Walnuts, Veggies and FL Tomatoes

004More California walnut shipments are seen this year, plus lighter loadings of early season desert veggies.  Also, a look at Florida tomato shipments.

Walnut production in California is slightly more than that of the previous season. But because exports to China are down because of duties imposed, this may actually result in more domestic shipments than last season.  However, the amount of domestic shipments will be determined in part, if exports to Turkey and the Middle East replace of the China bound walnuts.

The forecast has walnut production at 575,000 tons, a one percent increase from last year.

Central San Joaquin Valley walnuts, kiwi, pomegranates, apples, etc. – grossing about $4000 to Dallas.

Desert Vegetable Shipments

Both the Salinas Valley and the Santa Maria district were wrapping up shipments early at the close of November.  Combine that with the seasonal shift of broccoli, cauliflower and other items to Yuma, AZ and the Imperial Valley of California, where volume is lighter than normal, and we’re looking at shipping gaps.  Good volume and steady shipments may not occur until after Christmas.

Deserts shipments still too light to get an accurate quote on truck rates.

Florida Tomato Shipments

South Florida is shipping  grape, mature green and cherry tomatoes, primarily from the Homestead and Palmetto-Ruskin areas.  However, temperatures that often have been running 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal have reduced volume and sizing on the product.

For example, as of mid November, growers had harvested a little more than 1,158 40,000-pound units of mature greens compared to 1,383 units the same time last fall.

Central and South Florida tomatoes, mixed veggies – grossing about $2500 to New York City.