California Shipments: An Update from Citrus to Vegetables

California Shipments: An Update from Citrus to Vegetables

DSCN7470California navel orange shipments are winding down for the season as loadings of Valencias are on the horizon.  Meanwhile, Salinas Valley inconsistent vegetable shipments are enough to drive one nuts!

Shipments of California navel oranges from the San Joaquin Valley are is entering its home stretch, and volume is great than originally expected.  Meanwhile, shipping gaps with Salinas Valley lettuce are occurring as predicted.

Orange shipments could surpass the 86 million cartons the National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted for the 2015-16 season.

As it is, an 86-million carton haul would be a more than 8 percent increase from last year’s 76 million cartons harvested.  This would come with at least 2,000 fewer acres of bearing trees in the ground.

The amount of fruit that has been shipped as fresh and not diverted to juice — have consistently scored above 80 percent all season.

Shipments should continue through June.

Meanwhile, some Valencia orange shippers are beginning to pick what is expected to be a 21 million-carton crop as packing houses are shipping exports.  Most shipments will begin after navels are completed.  California had about 20 million cartons of Valencias last year.  This was a little more than half the 39 million cartons produced in 2001-02 season.

Southern California orange shipments from grossing about $5300 to Atlanta.

Bell Pepper Shipments

Meanwhile bell pepper shipments have hit stride in the California desert from the Coachella Valley.  Red, green and yellow peppers should be shipping into June, before loadings will shift to the Selma, CA area.

Lettuce Shipments

Just when really good vegetable volume should be building in the Salinas Valley, the leading items  — various types of lettuce — are experiencing serious shipping gaps.  The cause is weather, ranging from heat in the mid 90s, to ice on the product due to cold nights, plus winds up to 40 mph.

The only sure thing from now until we get into June, is much lighter volume than normal, plus quality issues.  Just make sure you and your receiver know what’s being placed in the truck.

California Cherry Shipments

Reports are coming in from heavy rains that hit the California cherry crop a week ago.  Anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of the of the remaining shipments will be knocked out.

The good news is loadings  were actually up over last year in California through May 7th.   Around 23 million pounds were shipped the week ending May 7th, up from 10.9 million pounds from last year in the same week.

Season-to-date, about 32 million pounds had been shipped, up from 15.5 million pounds in 2015.

California cherry shipments are expected to be finished by around May 20th.

San Joaquin Valley cherries and vegetables – grossing about $4500 to Chicago.