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Westside Melon Shipments Underway with Bigger Volume Expected

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DSCN0810The San Joaquin Valley’s Westside District appears on the verge of having good melon shipments this season for with improved water availability and favorable weather.  A significant increase in volume is expected over last year.

For example, Turlock Fruit Co. Inc. of Turlock, CA begins it initial  harvest of honeydew and cantaloupe this week.  The past several years there has been a lot of fallow ground in the area, but there will be less unused farm land this year.

Melon shipments continue from the deserts of California and Arizona and will be the primary supplier leading up to the Fourth of July, when volume will rapidly decline.  The transition between the desert and the Westside districts is expected to be smoother than a year ago, with no gap in supply anticipated.

Westside Produce Inc. of Firebaugh, CA  is just getting started, with volume expected to increase after Independence Day.

Last year California conventional cantaloupe shipments from the San Joaquin Valley totaled 14.82 million pound cartons, compared with 2.55 million cartons from the California’s Imperial Valley and 407,000 cartons from California’s Palo Verde Valley.

Those figures were off from 2016, when the USDA reported conventional shipments of California cantaloupe at 18.74 million cartons from the San Joaquin Valley, 4.09 million from California’s Imperial Valley, and 431,750 cartons from California’s Palo Verde Valley.

According to the USDA, conventional shipments of cantaloupe from the San Joaquin Valley in 2017 were 21 percent below 2016 levels and combined conventional cantaloupe shipments from all districts of 17.77 million cartons were off 24 percent from 23.26 million cartons in 2016.

By contrast, organic cantaloupe shipments showed mixed results in 2017, with San Joaquin Valley organic volume up in 2017 and Imperial Valley organic cantaloupe shipments down compared with 2016.

The USDA reported 2017 California organic cantaloupe shipments at 406,000 cartons from San Joaquin Valley, compared with 205,000 cartons from Imperial Valley.

Organic shipments in 2016 from San Joaquin Valley were rated at 396,500 cartons, compared with 337,500 cartons from Imperial Valley.

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Produce Shipping Round Up from CA to GA

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DSCN7463Here’s a produce shipping outlook from around the nation.  We’ll cover everything from California tomatoes, strawberries and melons, to watermelon shipments in the Eastern half of the U.S.

California tomato shipments are gaining steam from the San Joaquin Valley to the southern coastal area.

For example, tomato loadings from Firebaugh, CA got underway June 1st and within two weeks all the tomato shippers in the San Joaquin Valley were moving product.

If the weather cooperates, the valley could be shipping tomatoes through Halloween.

On the Southern California coastline, pole tomato shipments got underway around June e13th from the Oceanside area.  Shipments of roma tomatoes will start July 1.  Round tomato volumes will likely peak from mid-August through October, with roma peak shipments taking place from July through September.

Good volume with cherry tomatoes should be shipped this summer from Baja, California.  However it will be the middle of October before there are rounds and vine-ripes from the region.

California Strawberry Shipments

Heavy shipments of strawberries from the Salinas-Watsonville area are taking place.  On average, about 950 truck loads of strawberries are being shipped weekly.  The Santa Maria district is shipping roughly one-half the volume of Salinas-Watsonville.

Watsonville strawberries and Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $7200 to New York City.

Cantaloupe Shipments

It’s getting awfully hot in the desert region, but cantaloupe shipments are still on track.  About 825 truck loads of cantaloupe are being loaded weekly from the Imperial Valley, as well as the Yuma area and central Arizona.

Watermelon Shipments

Georgia is easily leading the pack of states currently shipping watermelons.  Heavy volume should continue through the Fourth of July before a seasonal decline begins.  Meanwhile, very light volume has started with South Carolina watermelon shipments.  North Carolina gets underway the first week of July.  Another big state for watermelons is Missouri.  Watermelon shipments from the boot heel of Missouri get start in mid July.

Southern Georgian watermelons and vegetables – grossing about $2600 to New York City.

Mexican Mangoes

Imported Mexico mango volumes have been trailing last year, but that is changing.  Record shipments from Mexico are now occurring.  For example, during the week of June 6th, 3.6 million cartons of mangoes were shipped.  This was 6 percent more than projected.

 

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A National Spring Produce Shipping Update

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DSCN7313Here’s a look at spring produce shipments from across the United States.

Northwest Cherry growers released their second crop estimate of the season on Friday 13.  In May —  19.8 million 20-pound boxes were forecast, and this should not have been affected by rains which hit Washington nearly a week ago.

Washington cherry shipments are still expected to occur ahead of normal schedule.  Initial cherry shipments are expected about May 20 – 23 for the earliest varieties.   Approximately 600,000 boxes of cherries are expected to be shipped by the end of May.  In total, shipments are forecast to be in the 18.5 to 20.5 million box range, a slight increase from a year ago.
Blueberry Shipments
The eastern U.S. is currently providing the vast majority of blueberry shipments, with loadings taking place out of northern Florida, southern Georgia and North Carolina.  Florida “blues” should quickly wind down next week….In Georgia, expected a shipping gap of just a few days as the season shifts from the highbush to the Rabbit Eye variety.  Fair to good volume is continuing from Eastern North Carolina.  Mexican blueberry shipments are light and erratic.
Georgia blueberries, sweet onions, and mixed vegetables – grossing about $2400 to New York City.
Cantaloupe Shipments
Melon loadings led by cantaloupe and honeydew are coming out the desert regions of California and Arizona.   California produce shipments are coming out of the Imperial Valley and the nearby Palo Verde Valley.  Just to the east, Arizona loadings are taking place from the Yuma area, as well as in the central part of the state closer to Phoenix.
Nogales Produce Shipments
Imported Mexican produce, led by watermelons and table grapes are crossing the border at Nogales, AZ.  Most other imported Mexican produce commodities that crossed here are not available now.  Watermelon crossing are averaging about 2700 truck loads per week.  Table grape volume is around 750 truck loads weekly.
Mexican produce through Nogales – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.
Idaho Potato Shipments
Although we are entering the latter months of the 2015-16 shipping season, there are still over 1600 truck load equivalents be shipped each week.
Idaho potato shipments – grossing about $5100 to New York City.

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Desert Cantaloupe Shipments Underway; Imported Clementines are Starting

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DSCN5232Cantaloupe shipments are shifting from Mexico to California and Arizona, while South American clementines will be arriving at US ports soon.

Desert cantaloupe shipments started in late April from Brawley, Calif.,  and from Yuma, Ariz. the first week of May.  There also should be more loading opportunities with melons this season due to increased acreage and higher yields.

Yuma cantaloupe shipments have gotten one of its earliest starts, by 10 days to two weeks.   A typical start date in recent years has been closer to May 20-25.  Cantaloupe shipments from both from Yuma and Brawley should continue into late June.

Cantaloupe shipments from the Maricopa, AZ area are expected to kick off around May 18 and while the Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley of California should start around the 4th of July.

Imperial Valley cantaloupes and Coachella Valley vegetables and grapes – grossing about $4600 to Chicago.

Chilean Clementine Imports

The Chilean citrus industry has kicked off with the year’s first shipment of clementines to the U.S. market.  Exports began recently with the shipping of about 170 tons aboard the ship MSC Federica from Valparaiso.  Six containers are headed to the port of Philadelphia, and two containers are destined for Long Beach.  The first Chilean clementines will reach the U.S. market any day now.

Chile starts harvesting clementines in northern Chile in late April, and then continues moving south, with late-season Mandarins harvested into September.  Chile’s total clementine volume has grown by 50 percent between 2010 and 2014, with more than 50 percent of U.S. easy peeler imports between May and October coming from Chile.

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Colorado Produce Hauls Should Be Better Than a Year Ago

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HPtk1+1There should be significantly more produce loading opportunities from the Rocky Mountain State, primarily due to a great snowpack and a lot of favorable growing conditions.

Depending on location, snow packs in the Rocky Mountains have been anywhere from 130 to 150 percent of normal, filling up reservoirs, and easing concerns over drought conditions.

Colorado Peach Shipments

Peach shipments from Colorado’s western slope have been underway since the last week of July.  Loadings should continue until after Labor Day, and a few limited loadings could be available into the third week of September.  Last year, peach volume was off 25 percent because of weather factors.  This season loadings are expected to only be down 10 to 15 percent from what is considered a full crop.  There also are some loadings available with apple and pears, although its is much smaller than with peaches.

Rocky Ford Melon Shipments

Cantaloupe shipments, as well as honeydew are now coming out of Colorado’s Rocky Ford area.  Loadings should be available for another month.

Colorado Vegetable Shipments

San Luis Valley potato shipments could be up as much as eight percent this season.  A combination of 54,200 acres of potatoes planted, combined with plentiful water supplies have helped.  While limited potato shipments started from Northeastern Colorado a week ago, most volume comes out of the San Luis Valley.  SLV harvesting generally gets underway after Labor Day and wraps up in October, with shipments continuing into following the summer.

The Northeastern part of the state also is shipping items ranging from onions to sweet corn and squash.

 

 

 

 

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