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Colorado Vegetable Shipments are Good; Peaches Clobbered by Weather

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Colorado vegetable shipments are moving in pretty normal, steady volume, while the majority of the state’s peach crop was hit hard by a hard freeze during the growing season.

Tuxedo Corn Co. of Olathe, CO, as well as others, began shipping sweet corn early August. The company has about 1670 acres of corn.

Fagerberg Produce Co. of Eaton, CO began loading red, white, yellow and sweet onions in mid-August. The company has 1,500 acres of onion and should be shipping through February.

At Sakata Farms of Brighton, CO, onion loadings have just started from its 400 acres. About 80 percent of the company’s product is yellow onions, with the balance being with red and white onions.

Hirakata Farms of Rocky Ford, CO lost some of its cantaloupe to hail, but the remainder of the melons are in good shape. The company’s watermelon crops will lack yields in some fields this season, but have great yields in others. Still, volume will certainly look good after losing 60 percent of their melons last year to weather.

Hungenberg Produce Inc. of Greeley, CO got underway July 10 with its conventional and organic carrots being shipped through November. The company has 1,200 acres of carrots, with 250 acres being organic.

At Mountain Valley Produce in Center, CO is starting to harvest potatoes this week in the San Luis Valley. Diggings should be complete by October 10th, with loadings taking place into the summer of 2021.

A freeze that dipped into the low 20s last April has resulted in peach shipments being down 85 to 90 percent at Talbot Farms Inc. in Palisades, CO. Instead of shipping 8 million pounds of peaches this season, the grower/shipper will only have about 800,000 to 1 million pounds.

Overall, Colorado peach shipments are expected to be down 65 percent from normal.

Talbot reports some orchards had full or near-full crops through the Mesa County growing area, although Talbot was not among that fortunate group. Delta County is just to the south are has a better crop. Crops there were less advanced during that April freeze. 

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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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Colorado Loading Opportunities May Not Bring Rocky Mountain “High”

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IMG_6602It may not be a Rocky Mountain “high” for many shippers in Colorado this summer or fall due to a winter than lingered on and on, combined with some drought conditions.  In a nutshell most Colorado vegetable shipments will be okay, but not great, while Western slope peaches may not  be worth a produce hauler’s time.  Potato shipments will be off some from last season.

Vegetable loadings from areas such as Brighton, Eaton and LaSalle are running nearly a week and one-half late.  We’re talking items ranging from potatoes and onions to sweet corn and cabbage.

The Rocky Ford area is loading peppers, tomatoes, squash, carrots and green beans, among other items. 

Colorado Fruit Shipments Hit

Colorado isn’t widely known for its cherry shipments, and will become even less so this year, thanks to a late freeze in May.  While peaches fared better, it also will be significantly off — possibly by 30 percent.  There will be some pear shipments into early October,  and some apple loadings  through at least Thanksgiving and possibily into December. 

Colorado Potato Shipments

The Rocky Mountain state has about 49,700 acres of potato acreage for the 2013-14 shipping season, which is down over 5,000 acres from a year ago.  Spud loadings get underway after Labor Day.


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