Florida Corn, Melon Shipments have Uptick; A NW Onion Shipping Update

Florida Corn, Melon Shipments have Uptick; A NW Onion Shipping Update
DSCN6957Florida sweet corn and watermelon shipments are showing an increase, although moderate, while we take a look at onions shipments out of the Northwest.
Florida Vegetable Shipments
Sweet corn shipments and other vegetables from Florida continue to be light due to the lingering effects of seven days of  heavy rains the second week of December.  Sweet corn loadings are expected to return to normal the week of January 18th, barring other adverse weather events.  Only Florida and Mexico have sweet corn shipments during the winter months….South Florida watermelon loadings are underway, although volume is light.
Central and South Florida vegetables, tomatoes, watermelons and strawberries – grossing about $2800 to New York City.
Northwest Onion Shipments
The National Onion Association is reporting estimated nationwide production levels dropped by nearly 7.6 million bags so far this season from a year ago, a 7.7 percent decrease.  Much of that decrease is attributed to Eastern Oregon and Malhuer County, Idaho, as well as  Washington state, where production cumulatively fell by approximately 5 million bags.
While many onions that were harvested and placed into storage looking great.  The product began to show flaws three to five weeks later.   This is resulting in quality problems being higher than normal.  It also could result in a number of northwest onion shippers finishing up in March instead of late May.
Oregon/Idaho onion shipments – grossing about $4600 San Antonio.
Columbia Basin potatoes and onions – grossing about $4100 to Chicago.