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California Shipping Outlook includes Dates, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pistachios

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Dates-medjoolHere’s a shipping outlook for dates and various nuts coming out of California.

A bumper crop of California date shipments is seen by some coming out the Southern California desert region, with yields reported to be 20 percent higher than last season.

Harvest got underway with the beginning of September.  Among the major California date shippers are Hadley Date Gardens of Thermal, Atlas Produce and Distribution of Bakersfield, and Sunsweet Growers Inc. of Yuba City.

Walnut and Almond Shipments

California grows and ships nearly all walnuts in the U.S. and has 315,000 bearing acres due to the region’s mild climate and deep fertile soils providing ideal growing conditions.

2016 California walnut shipments are forecast at 670,000 tons, up 11 percent  from 2015’s volume of 603,000 tons.  For the season starting in 2016 there was an impressive 16.8 percent jump in loadings.  Growing conditions and quality are reported good for the 2017 crop.  One of the larger California nut shippers is Mariani Nut Co. of Winters, CA,  which grows almonds and walnuts in the Sacramento Valley on 14,000 irrigated acres.

This year’s pistachio shipments are predicted to be down significantly from a year ago, while the walnut volume also is off, with almonds projected to be up 5 percent.  Pistachio volume is expected to be about 650 million pounds, while volume a year ago exceeded 900 million pound as the nut is known for it alternate bearing years with up and down shipments from season to season.  A leading pistachio shipper is Meridian Growers of Fresno.

California walnut shipments are forecast at 650,000 tons, down 5 percent from a year ago when there were record loadings amounting to 686,000 tons.  The 2017 California walnut loadings are pegged at 2.25 billion meat pounds coming off of 1 million bearing acres, an increase of 5.1 percent from last year’s 2.14 billion pounds.

Wonderful Pistachio and Almonds of Los Angeles is a leading shipper of pistachios and almonds that launched a football campaign earlier this month featuring Richard Sherman of Seattle and Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

 

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How Western Produce Shipments are Affected by Recent Weather Events

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SUNKIST10-FINCH-FARMS-0582California citrus shipments are getting back on track after days of rains.  Meanwhile, weather is expected to have a significant impact of Salinas vegetable shipments, but not affect California almonds, nearly as much. 

The effects of the rain in citrus groves about a week ago, which hinders harvest and shipments when the ground is too muddy, could have been worse.  It helps we are talking citrus and not something more perishable like strawberries (See March 1st report).   Of note as we’ve previously reported, orange shippers had a bigger-than-normal pre-Christmas loadings, shipping about 30 percent  of crop before the holiday, compared to a normal 20-25 percent.  This is expected to result in season ending shipments occurring earlier than usual.

While harvest and shipments have been significantly slowed down, with it being too muddy for heavy equipment, the citrus industry is estatic over the great improvements in the water supply.  Even better, the excess rain has not created any quality-related issues – thus far.

Southern California oranges and specialty citrus – grossing about $3600 to Chicago.

Vegetable Shipments

Vegetable growers love the big rains that have recently occurred, but the trade off is plantings have been delayed in the Salinas Valley.  This will be some shipping gaps, which will be felt even more because vegetable shipments from the California and Arizona deserts are going to end early than usual.

Not only are Salinas Valley spring vegetable shipments to be later this year, but there’s an excellent chance yields will be off due to wet-weather planting and generally adverse conditions.  This of course, will translate into fewer vegetable shipments.

Imperial Valley and Yuma vegetables – grossing about $4600 to Atlanta.

Almond Shipments

 Because of recent rains and storms in the San Joaquin Valley, some almond trees were blown down by strong winds recently.  However, tree losses aren’t as bad as initially feared and optimism continues for good shipments when the season starts  the latter part of August.

Mexican Grape Shipments

It’s a bit early, but initial estimates for the Mexican grape shipments are expected to be pretty much on time, which should mean fruit starting to cross the border at Nogales in late April.

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