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Eastern Apple Shipments to Colorado Onions and Imports from Peru

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DSCN4292Today, we’re going to bounce around the U.S. a little bit.  First, we’ll give a glimpse at loading opportunities as the volume increases for Eastern apple shipments.  We’ll also go to Colorado and the new onion shipping season, before finishing up with a look at the annual growing volume with sweet onions from Peru at various American ports.

Average shipments of apples from the three leading Eastern states are expected this season, and loadings have started in recent weeks.

New York Apple Shipments

The Empire State had a big crop last season and will be down only slightly this season at 30 million bushels.  Loadings originate out of the Hudson and Champlain Valleys, as well as from central and western areas of the state.

Hudson Valley apples – grossing about $3400 to Atlanta.

Pennsylvania Apple Shipments

Pennsylvania also is expecting normal apple shipments, with a forecast of 11.8 million bushels for the season.  Initial light volume started in mid August with early varieties of fruit from towns such as Gardners and Fairfield.

Virginia Apple Shipments

Some weather issues should result in Virginia apple shipments being about 75 t0 80 percent of a full crop.  Shipments originate from communities ranging from Charlottesville to Timberville.  Virginia expects to ship about 4,285 bushels this season.

Colorado Onion Shipments

Colorado onions shipments have moved into good volume from the Northeastern part of the state. Loadings should remain fairly steady into January.

Peruvian Onion Imports

Imports of sweet onions from Peru are now arriving at various U.S. Ports. Good, steady volume of Peruvian onion shipments should be available from ports well into the first quarter of 2015.  Over the past decade or so, Peru has come to fill a void with sweet onions, because domestic sweet onion supplies are pretty much depleted by this time of the year.





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A Look at Loadings for Pumpkins, Colorado Onions, NC Sweet Potatoes

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IMG_6548Halloween, and then Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and one big hint of those events coming are pumpkin shipments.  Those loadings have actually been going on since August in some places, but now bigger volume is taking place.

A vast majority of pumpkins are shipped relatively short distances, primarily because the item is grown in virtually every one of the lower 48 states.  Still, some pumpkins are shipped several hundred miles.

From upstate to New York down to the Carolinas a significant drop in pumpkin shipments are expected due to excessive rains.   Much better growing conditions and the resulting volume is seen from the upper Midwestern states.  New Mexico is reporting good loadings, but most destinations are to regional markets in nearby states such as Texas, Oklahoma and some to Colorado.

The five leading pumpkin shipping states are:  Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

NE Colorado Onion Shipments

Northeast Colorado onion shipments are not expected to be signficantly affected from heavy rains in the state in mid September, just some harvesting delays.  At least this is what Colorado onion shipper are saying.   Up to eight inches of rain pounded the area over a six-day period.  It is still recomended looking for possible quality problems when loading these onions coming out of storage.

Northeastern Colorado has about 2,000  to 2,500 acres of onions, which is only about 2.5 percent of total storage onions in the USA….There also are some norkotah potato shipments from this area, but no word as yet on how quality or volume may be affected.

Sweet Potato Shipments

North Carolina is the nation’s leader with sweet potato shipments.  Both the Tar Heel state, as well a loadings from other leading sweet potato states are expected to be down around 20 to 25 percent, compared to the season that recently ended.  Some other areas with significant sweet potato volume are California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Shipments are so light right now as farmers have just finished the old crop and are starting to harvest the new crop, that shipments of uncured, green sweet potatoes are taking place to meet demand.  Just make sure your receiver is aware of this.  It takes about 30 to 45 days once sweet potatoes are harvested, to be cured.  Weather issues have resulted in harvests running two to four weeks late.  Curing should be completed by late October.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2250 to New York City. 



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