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Late Harvest has Georgia Produce Shipments Playing Catch Up

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A38Harvest start dates were later than last year, but Georgia produce shipments gathered steam in May and June should be even better.

March and April cool weather resulted in fewer shipments than year, when Georgia growing regions experienced a warm spring.  The top two months for Georgia produce shipments in 2106 were June, with 48 percent of the state’s total yearly volume, and July, with 19 percent.

Ken Corbett Farms LLC of Lake Park, GA had 2018 harvest dates running 10-14 days behind normal.  J&S Produce of Mount Vernon, GA has had a similar experience with squash and zucchini.

Through April 2017 Georgia had shipped 4.1 million pounds shipped of squash.  By the end of April this year zero pounds of squash had been shipped.  Georgia squash shipments last year totaled 49.7 million pounds.

Through April 28, Georgia blueberry shipments totaled 2.8 million pounds, down from 66 million pounds at the same time last year.  For the week of April 23-28, Georgia accounted for 20 percent of total U.S. blueberry volume, down from 34 percent at the same time last year.

Total Georgia blueberry shipments last year totaled 22.5 million pounds.

Georgia cabbage shipments of the week of April 23-28 totaled 2.2 million pounds, down from 6.3 million pounds the same time last year. Georgia accounted for 15 percent of total cabbage supply for the week, down from 36 percent of total supply a year ago.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia cabbage through April 22 totaled 2.4 million pounds, off from 11.1 million pounds at the same time a year ago. Total Georgia cabbage shipments last year totaled 61.5 million pounds.

For the week of April 23-28, Georgia onion shipments totaled 16.8 million pounds, down from 19.7 million pounds the same week a year ago.

Georgia onions accounted for 16 percent of total U.S. onion volume, compared 17 percent at the same time a year ago.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia onions through April 28 were 25 million pounds, down from 57.1 million pounds at the same time last year.

Georgia onion shipments last year totaled 283.6 million pounds.

There were exception with Georgia produce where loadings were actually ahead of  year ago.

Georgia is a significant producer of greens. For the week of April 23-28, Georgia shipped 3.3 million pounds of greens, up from 2.7 million pounds the same week last year.

The state’s shippers accounted for 65 percent of U.S. greens volume, compared with 43 percent of total U.S. shipments at the same time. Total greens shipments from Georgia topped 80 million pounds in 2017.

Georgia broccoli shipments  through April 28 reflect bigger volume in 2018 so far compared with 2017. For the week of April 23-28, Georgia accounted for 2.3 million pounds, up from no reported shipments the same week a year ago.

Georgia accounted for 8 percent of total U.S. broccoli supply the week of April 23-28.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia broccoli through April 28 totaled 14.7 million pounds, up from just 3.3 million pounds the same time a year ago. Total broccoli shipments all of last year totaled 4 million pounds.

Georgia carrot shipments the week of April 23-28 totaled 1.9 million pounds, up from 1.6 million pounds the same week a year ago.

Georgia represented just 7 percent of total U.S. carrot supply for the week, slightly up from 6 percent the same week a year ago. Total Georgia carrot shipments in 2017 totaled 19.4 million pounds.



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NC Vegetables; Arkansas Tomato Shipments are Coming

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DSCN7311As we approach summer vegetables shipments have started from North Carolina.  Meanwhile, Arkansas tomato shipments are coming soon, plus a glimpse at that state’s sweet potatoes.

North Carolina vegetable shipments are starting towards the end of May or early June.  Both squash and cucumbers will get underway about a week to 10 days later than usual.  Pepper loadings will have a more start, around June 25.  Onion movement als should be on time, with a late June or early July start.

Cabbage shipments from the Faison, N.C., are will get underway in late May, with other regions of the state beginning in the first week of June.  Cabbage acreage in North Carolina is estimated in the 8,000-9,000 range, which would be down a bit.

Romaine lettuce loadings started in early May and the season is just being completed.

Arkansas Tomato Shipments

Strong volumes with Arkansas tomatoes will occur in early June, originating from the Hermitage, and Hamburg, Ark areas in the Southeastern part of the state.  Shipments will continue for about six weeks.  Arkansas tomato shipments are expected to be best the state has had in several years.   Shipments  could be up 15 to 20 percent.  While vine ripe tomatoes provide most of the volume, there also are significant amounts of roma and grape tomatoes.

Distribution range for Arkansas tomatoes has increased over time.  Loadings are destined for surrounding states, and as far as eastern Pennsylvania and throughout the Midwest.

Arkansas Sweet Potato Shipments

Arkansas may not be known for sweet potato production, but there is at least one large shipper in the Northeastern part of the state, Matthews Ridgeview Farms at Wynne, Ark.    Plantings are underway, with the first loadings taking place in September.  Shipments cover much of the Midwest and some Canadian markets.  Only a small shipping gap is expected between the 2015-16 crop that will be winding down in  a couple of months or so, and the new crop kicking off in September.

The leading sweet potato shipping states are North Carolina, California, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Florida’s Light Winter Produce Shipments, Take a Big Hit

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DSCN7036Normally light Florida produce shipments are much lighter this season due to excessive rains.  If the weather trend continues it soon will be threatening the Florida spring shipping season that typically peaks in April and May.

Up to 8 inches  of rain last week soaked fields of sweet corn, green beans, celery, radishes, leafy greens and other vegetables and flooded some areas, leaving crops underwater.  Damage to crops is estimated to be 25 to 50 percent.  Losses of crops and even lighter than normal shipments is a given.  Now it’s a wait to see how bad the situation is.

The heavy rains mean vegetable shipments in general will probably be much lighter than usual through February and March.  Belle Glade is the hub of Florida sweet corn and green bean shipments.

It’s been a crazy winter for produce shipments, not only in Florida, but elsewhere.

Mexican volume of bell peppers, strawberries and other items have been lowered by cold weather.  California strawberry volume is down due to weather factors.

Meanwhile, Florida strawberry volume have suffered from heat; Florida avocado loadings are down due to a fruit fly quarantine; Florida tomatoes are off due to rains; Florida cabbage shipments are down as much as 40 percent from weather; Florida citrus volume is drastically off due to citrus greening disease.


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Produce Shipments from the Carolinas are Underway

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IMG_6576Both South Carolina and North Carolina are expecting normal shipments of vegetables this summer, despite a a cold and wet spring that delayed plantings on some vegetables.  Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in South Carolina on May 10, drenched fields in both states and further delayed production of some vegetables.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

Up coming shipments on sweet corn, cabbage, squash, greens, cilantro, parsley, beets, leeks and eggplant look favorable.  South Carolina squash loadings started in mid-May, while sweet corn shipments should start next week.

WP Rawl, Pelion, S.C., and Clayton Rawl Farms in Lexington, S.C. are two of the state’s largest vegetable shippers.

South Carolina peach shipments continue, while watermelons will be coming on the latter part of June.

North Carolina Produce Shipments

Cabbage shipments will not get underway until the latter part of June, or early July a week or more later than normal.

Cabbage loadings typically have a gap between the start of coastal production near Elizabeth City, N.C., and the mountain region production near Mount Airy, N.C..  However, this season both shipping areas are expected to start at about the same time.  One of the state’s largest cabbage shippers is Hollar & Greene Produce Co. Inc. in Boone, N.C.

North Carolina usually begins sweet corn shipments a week later than Georgia.  North Carolina expects to start loading about June 1st….Squash shipments have just started, while potatoes should get underway around June 15-20.   Potato acreage remains at 17,000 acres and the state plans to ship red, white and yellow potatoes through late July.

Eastern North Carolinas continues to ship sweet potatoes entering the last couple of months of the season.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2500 to New York City.



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Central USA Produce Shipments from Texas to North Dakota

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From the South Texas-Mexican border to the Canadian border, here is a look at produce shipments originating out of the central United States.

Lower Rio Grand Valley Produce Shipments

There are steady Texas grapefruit shipments, amounting to around 200 truck loads weekly, with about one-fourth this volume in oranges.  Just south of San Antonio, cabbage shipments are increasing…..However, the biggest volume comes with Mexican produce shipments.  There is everything from such tropical as mangos, papayas, and pineapples to watermelon, peppers, roma tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.

A word of caution.  Although volume is very light with Mexican tomatillos and chayote, some quality problems are being reported.

Lower Rio Grand Valley/Mexican produce – grossing about $4800 to New York City.

Sweet Potato Shipments

Both Louisiana and Mississippi are shipping sweet potatoes, but volume is light.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Heaviest produce volume in Michigan remains with apples, primarily out of the Western area of the state, averaging about 175 truck loads per week…There are about 125 truck loads of potato loadings a week….Finally, there are still some storage onions left, but it is in a seasonal decline.

Michigan apples – grossing about $2400 to Atlanta.

Wisconsin Potato Shipments

Central Wisconsin is shipping over 300 truck loads of primarily russet potatoes weekly.

Wisconsin potatoes – grossing about $2200 to Houston.

Red River Valley Potato Shipments

Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota are shipping red potatoes in similar volume to that of Wisconsin.

Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $1950 to Chicago.




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Cabbage Loadings Increase; Shipping Updates on Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

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GrayTkHPGosh! March arrives this Saturday.  That means St. Patrick’s Day will be only a couple of weeks off.  That also means as we enter March it will be the biggest period for cabbage shipments.

We’ll also take a peek at a few other commodities and areas where loadings should be available.

While cabbage growers in Southern Florida were expected to produce normal, high-quality crops, Northern Florida was hit by freezes.   In Texas, most cabbage originates from the Winter Garden District just south of San Antonio.  Volume is expected to be down 30 percent this season.

Sweet Potato Shipments

Cabbage isn’t the only item hit by weather.  Sweet potato shipments are down this winter.  North Carolina acreage is off 10 percent, and there’s less product for hauling out of California as well.    Similar situations exist in Mississippi and Louisiana.  There also are sweet potato shipments from Arkansas, especially in the Northeast part of the state.

Eastern North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $1800 to New York City.

Potato Shipments

After a slow beginning to the season, exacerbated by truck shortages, red potato growers in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota are back on track  and see increased movment as we approach St. Patrick’s Day March 17.  Trucks were a bit short as well, but the equipment delimmea has eased.  There’s about 300 truckloads of primarily red potatoes being shipped weekly.

However, it’s Idaho that really moves the tonnage with it russets.  Idaho potato shipments are averaging around 800 truckload equivalents per week.

About this time each year South Florida begins shipping it new crop of red potatoes.  Loadings are now under way.

South Florida potatoes – grossing about $3200 to Boston.

Idaho potatoes grossing – about $2900 to Chicago.

Red River Valley potatoes – about $1900 to Chicago.

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