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California produce shipments have been disappointing so far this spring when it comes to total volume and freight rates, loadings are on the rise. Here’s a look at several different areas from the Golden State.
Kern Co. Produce Shipments
Currently there is light to moderate volume coming out of the Bakersfield area (Kern County) on items ranging from carrots to turnips, beets, rutabagas and navel oranges….(Carrots, along with sweet corn are available in the Imperial Valley). Carrot volume is light in Kern County, but will have a significant increase in May…..Around May 1st, Kern County green bell peppers get started.
There should be more info on Coachella Valley grape shipments soon when the first domestic grapes get underway in early May. This will occur within a few days after the start of Mexican grape shipments. (Look for a more detailed shipping outlook on Mexican grapes, Friday, April 22nd.) Coachella table grapes, similar to Mexico, are expected to finish shipments a little early this year – late June. About this time table grapes from the Bakersfield area will get underway with both red and green varieties, followed by black seedless grapes in mid July.
Kern Co. vegetable shipments – grossing about $4200 to Chicago.
California strawberry shipments have been a big disappointment this year. As of April 9th about 27.3 million trays had been shipped, far less than the 43.3 million trays at the same time a year ago. Lack of labor and weather have been cited as primary factors. California has 32,515 acres planted this year, a drop of 5,585 acres from 2015.
Ventura County strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $5100 to Atlanta.
Salinas Valley Vegetable Shipments
About 500 truck loads of head lettuce are being shipped weekly from Salinas, with volume expected to increase on it and other types of lettuce. Overall, Salinas is still leaving a lot to be desired in total vegetable shipments, but the month of May should be much better. Lettuce shipments from the Huron area in the San Joaquin Valley are in a seasonal decline. There’s several other veggies in very light volume also coming out of the Central San Joaquin Valley.
(Another California shipping update will be coming next week.)
Salinas Valley vegetable shipments – grossing about $6800 to Boston.