California’s Kern County citrus shipments are wrapping up, while new crops of vegetables will be starting soon. Meanwhile, California almonds look promising for the upcoming season. Finally, Black Gold Farms once again is shipping Texas potatoes.
For example, Grimmway Farms of Bakers will kick off its new carrot season with loadings of both conventional and organic carrots starting this week. The firms bi-color corn got underway a week or so ago, plus it’s organic potatoes started shipping in late April.
Kern Ridge Growers of Arvin now has carrot shipments, with bell peppers set to start by early June. Dan Andrews Farms of Bakersfield will get underway with watermelons in June, as well as cantaloupe and honeydew in July.
Sun World International is currently shipping grapes out of the Coachella Valley to be followed by Arvin grapes in early July.
Kern County carrots and vegetables – grossing about $6100 to Atlanta.
California Almond Shipments
California’s 2017 almond acreage is estimated at 1.33 million acres, up 7 percent from the 2016 acreage, which had 1.24 million acres. The almond harvest typically begins in August.
Of the total acreage, 1 million acres were bearing and 330,000 acres were non-bearing, with preliminary bearing acreage for 2018 estimated at 1.07 million acres. California has nearly 6,000 almond growers. Five California counties have 73 percent of the total bearing acreage: Kern, Fresno, Stanislaus, Merced and Madera.
The leading almond variety continues to be nonpareil, followed by monterey, butte, carmel and padre.
Texas Potato Shipments
Black Gold Farms, based in Grand Forks, ND is now shipping red potatoes from its operation in Pearsall, Tx. The growing and shipping operation, located Southwest of San Antonio, has been growing red potatoes in Pearsall since 2011, though its potato growing operation there started in 1992 with chipping potatoes,
Black Gold Farms is shipping from its Pearsall facility as well as from its Arbyrd, Mo., facility, with the Texas crop expected to ship through early June, when the Missouri crop will be ready.