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Fewer U.S. Cranberries This Season; NJ Peaches are Experiencing Increase

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IMG_2991+1Nationally, cranberry shipments will be down this season.  Meanwhile, favorable weather helps boost New Jersey to second place nationally in peach shipments.

Cranberry growers in Wisconsin are expected to have another big harvest this fall, although it will be less than last year when average yields reached an all-time high.

The USDA has released its latest forecast for the 2017 cranberry crop showing Badger State producers are projected to rake in 5.6 million barrels of the tart fruit, down nine percent from the 2016 crop.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association says producers will begin harvesting their crop in late September and continue through much of October.  Approximately five percent of the state’s cranberries will be sold as fresh fruit, with the remainder being frozen and stored for dried cranberries, juices, sauces and more.

Nationally, about 9.05 million barrels are forecast to be harvested, down six percent from 2016.  In Massachusetts, growers will harvest less than half of Wisconsin’s total production at 2.2 million barrels. Washington producers expect 2017 to be a good year due to favorable weather conditions.

NJ Peach Shipments

by New Jersey Department of Agriculture

TRENTON)  –The USDA’s August Crop Production Forecast for 2017 sees New Jersey peach shipments rising to second in the U.S.  The forecast, which is based on phone calls, mail, internet, and personal interviews with farmers in New Jersey and around the country, predicts state peach farmers will produce 48 million pounds of peaches this year.

“Conditions in New Jersey have been perfect for growing peaches this season, allowing farmers to have an extremely high yield of the juicy, sweet tree fruit,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. “We want people to know Jersey Fresh peaches are plentiful and available at supermarkets, farmers markets, and roadside stands. We appreciate the work the USDA does to keep produce buyers and consumers up to date on the current trends in the industry.”

New Jersey is on track to harvest approximately eight million more pounds of peaches in 2017 than it did last year, and is behind only California in peach production.  The Jersey peach season should continue through mid-September.

The USDA surveyed approximately 21,700 producers for the crop production report. The producers were asked questions about probable yield.  These growers will continue to be surveyed throughout the growing season to provide indications of average yields.

The August Crop Production report also forecasted a crop of 44 million pounds of apples for the Garden State, also up from last year. New Jersey cranberry producers expect to harvest 590,000 barrels, which would rank New Jersey third in the U.S. in cranberry production.

(Editor’s Note:  Both South Carolina and Georgia suffered severe crop losses this year due to a spring freeze, allowing New Jersey to come in second in peach volume.  Also, virtually all of New Jersey cranberry production is for the processed market, not fresh.)

 

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U.S. Cranberry Shipments Up; Spuds Loads were Down

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img_29981U.S. Cranberry loadings will increase a little this season, while the nation’s potato shipments final count for last season were down.

The nation’s 2016 cranberry shipments are forecast at 8.59 million barrels, up slightly from last season, according to the USDA.

Wisconsin production, the largest cranberry shipping state, is up from 4.9 million barrels in 2015 to 5.2 million barrels.  Meanwhile,in Massachusetts, the second leading state, fell from 2.4 million barrels in 2015 to 2 million barrels.

At 588,000 barrels, New Jersey production is off from 595,000 barrels in 2015, while Oregon production is tabbed at 530,000 barrels, down from 562,000 barrels the previous season.

Harvesting of fresh and processed berries in Massachusetts began the third week of September and should be completed by the third week of November.

Massachusetts cranberry growers have been harvesting fresh and processed fruit from respective dry and wet bogs.  In the water bogs, which account for about 85 percent of the fruit, which goes to processing, fruit is grown in dry bogs or fields.  Then the fields are flooded with water to bring fruit to the surface.

The fruit is harvested with spindle-type machinery and once the berries surface at the top of the water, the free-flowing berries are vacuumed into a machine that removes leaves, litter and chaff.  It is then loaded into trucks and delivered to a receiving station.

Concerning cranberries for the fresh harvest, gasoline-powered machines are used that drive over the vines and gently pull berries out of the vines and into burlap bags.  The fruit is brought to the shoreline and sorted before being transported to a receiving station for cleaning and packaging.

U.S. Potato Shipments

About 441 million cwt. of potatoes were produced in the U.S. in the 2015-16 marketing season.

That’s up slightly from an estimate in January but slightly lower than production in the previous season, according to a report from the USDA’s Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Major producers included:

  • Idaho, 130.4 million cwt.;
  • Washington, 100.3 million cwt.;
  • Wisconsin, 27.8 million cwt.;
  • North Dakota, 27.6 million cwt.;
  • Colorado, 22.6 million cwt.;
  • Oregon, 21.8 million cwt.;
  • Michigan, 17.6 million cwt.;
  • Maine, 16.2 million cwt.; and
  • Minnesota, 16.2 million cwt.

About 122 million cwt. of the 2015-16 total were for the fresh market.

The number of acres harvested in 2015, 1.05 million acres, was up slightly from 2014, but yields fell from 421 cwt. to 418 cwt. per acre.

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Cranberry Shipments; Port Manatee Signs Agreement

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ManateeU.S. cranberry shipments are expected to be up slightly in 2016 with loadings beginning in early September.  Meanwhile, expect imported bananas and pineapples from Port Manatee to be available for decades.

About 8.59 million barrels are expected to ship this year, up from 8.56 million barrels in 2015 and 8.4 million barrels in 2014, according to an annual cranberry report from the USDA.

Industry leader Wisconsin should ship about 5.2 million barrels, up from 4.9 million barrels last year.  With the exception of some isolated hail damage, the growing weather in Wisconsin has been excellent this year.

Production in the No. 2 state, Massachusetts, should fall, from 2.4 million barrels in 2015 to 2.1 million barrels this year — due in part to drought in the state.

Production in New Jersey (which is mostly processed), Oregon and Washington also should be down from last year.

Del Monte, Port Manatee Agreement

Port Manatee of Palmetto, FL and Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. has signed an agreement to keep its importing operations at the Port for up to 20 more years, which goes through August 2021.

The lease includes options for three additional extensions of five years each, according to a news release.  If Del Monte uses all options, the grower-shipper and importer could be importing fruit at the central Florida port until at least 2036.

Del Monte,has imported fruit at the port since 1989 and handles weekly refrigerated vessels containing containers and pallets of Central American bananas and pineapples.

For exports, Del Monte ships linerboard used in packaging and also handles other third-party containers and project cargos.

“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Port Manatee,” Brian Giuliani, Del Monte’s Port Manatee-based port manager, said in the release. “The cooperation with Port Manatee is exceptional and has been vital to the growth of our business at Port Manatee.”

Del Monte has moved 8.7 million short tons of cargo through the port since 1989.

“Extension of Port Manatee’s long-term partnership with Del Monte demonstrates the mutual commitment on the part of our port and a most-valued tenant,” Betsy Benac, the port authority’s chairwoman, said in the release.

Del Monte’s Southeast distribution center at the port has become the company’s second-largest U.S. facility.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Shipping Update: Normal Volume Depends Upon the Items

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001Normal Thanksgiving produce shipments are occurring for such favorites as sweet potatoes and cranberries, but green bean volume will be light.

North Carolina sweet potatoes shipments for the new crop got underway in mid August this year, a couple of week earlier than usual.  Fortunately, there was great weather for about six weeks that allowed harvesting to go pretty much uninterrupted.

It could have been a real disaster for North Carolina sweet potato shippers if Hurricane Joaquin hadn’t taken a right turn into the Atlantic.  Otherwise North Carolina may have been pounded with rains and flooding like South Carolina.

Eastern North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing $3000 to Boston and Chicago.

Cranberry Shipments

Wisconsin continues to the be leading state for fresh cranberry shipments, with Tomah, Wis.-based Habelman Bros. Co., of Tomah, WI being the largest grower/shipper.  The Wisconsin cranberry harvest has been in full swing as it gears up for Thanksgiving shipments.

Green Bean Shipments

Green bean shipments for Thanksgiving out of the Southeast are expected to be very light due to heavy September rains.  Some bean shippers will be down as much as 60 percent compared to last year.  Excessive rains washed a lot of plantings out.  Green bean shipments are not expected to rebound until after Thanksgiving.

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A California Shipping Update on Grapes, plus the new Cranberry Season

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DSCN4912Extreme heat in the second half of August had slowed California grape shipments, but volume is now picking back up.  Meanwhile, you know fall is rapidly approaching when pomegranate and cranberry loadings get underway.

Grape volume have been hit and miss all season.  At one point growers were waiting on green varieties to add sugar.  In the second half of August, red varieties were taking their time to add color.  It has made for an unpredictable years as far as steady shipments are concerned.   Steady, more predictable shipments should come in the months ahead.

California grapes, stone fruit, melons and veggies from the San Joaquin Valley – grossing about $4800 to Houston, $6400 to Philly.

California Pomegranates

Very light volume from the Bakersfield areas has been underway for a couple of weeks, but will be strong from mid-October leading up to Thanksgiving (November 26th)  with a resurgence in fresh pomegranate shipments prior to Christmas.

Cranberry Shipments

Fresh Cranberry shipments will get underway from Wisconsin and Massachusetts in late September, followed by Washington state.

About 33 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be shipped fresh in the U.S. this season, up slightly up from a year ago.  Growers have seen market prices plunge because of new acreage that was planted in 2009.  The U.S. produced 7.01 million 100-pound  barrels of cranberries in 2009.  In 2013, production was 8.96 million barrels.

The cranberry estimate for  2015-16 volumes is set at 8.6 million barrels.

Two leading fresh cranberry shippers are Habelman Bros in Toma, WI and Decas Cranberry Products of Carver, Mass.

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SC Peach Shipments will Continue into Sept.; Wisconsin Cranberry Loadings Start Soon

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HpblueTk1+1South Carolina produce peaches and vegetable loadings continue.   We also take a look a upcoming Wisconsin cranberry shipments.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

There is good volume peach shipments  from South Carolina that finally got going in July and will continue with nice volume through August, although a seasonal decline will begin soon.  Loadings, however will continue into September.

South Carolina, despite being a small state (41st in size among the 50 states), ranks high in produce shipments.  It is the nation’s second-largest shipper of peaches, behind California, and ahead of Georgia.  South Carolina places in the top 10 for truck loadings of leafy greens, cantaloupe, peanuts, watermelons, tomatoes, mixed vegetables and sweet potatoes.

South Carolina peaches and vegetables – grossing about $3400 to New York City.

Wisconsin Cranberry Shipments

Cranberrries have experienced a 57 percent increase in shipments nationwide from 2002 to 2013.  As a result, poor prices are resulting from too much fruit for the amount of demand.  Many U.S. growers are struggling to create new markets to absorb a growing oversupply of the tiny tart berries grown in marshes.   Wisconsin is at the center of the glut.  Between 2012 and 2013, Wisconsin had a 25 percent boost in production, a record-breaking harvest of 6 million barrels of cranberries.  The state produced 67 percent of all cranberries harvested in the United States in 2013, marking the 19th consecutive year as the country’s leader in cranberry shipper.

Central Wisconsin cranberry shipments will be starting in mid September in light volume.  Heaviest volume occurs as we enter November leading up to Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th).

 

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Produce Shipments for Thanksgiving are Ramping Up

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IMG_3013From sweet potatoes to green beans, cranberries and more, here’s an outlook for fresh produce hauls relating to items popular for the Thanksgiving holiday, which is November 28th.

The leading states for sweet potato shipments are North Carolina, California, Mississippi and Louisiana.  There will be 20 percent fewer loadings of North Carolina sweet potatoes this season, although it may not be noticeable during the next few weeks, since Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday for the product.  There also is less sweet potato volume from Mississippi and Louisiana.

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

Mississippi sweet potatoes – about $1800 to Chicago.

Cranberry Shipments

The harvest of cranberries in Wisconsin is late this season and is still going on.  However, good supplies for hauling are available from Central Wisconsin, as well as the other leading state, Massachusetts.

Green Beans

This is a seasonal low point for Florida produce shipments, but some vegetables, including green beans are being hauled.   Beans are now originating out of the Belle Glade and Homestead areas.

Imports

 Spanish, Morroccan and Chilean clementines will be arriving at U.S. ports by boat in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Most of the arrivals will be on the East Coast.

Peruvian Onions

Sweet onions from Peru have become a popular items during the past decade and volume has increased significantly.  In fact, many of the leading domestic sweet onion shippers, are acting as the importers and have growing operations in that South American country.  Arrivals are occurring in good volume at U.S. ports on the East Coasat and should continue into Feburary.

 

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Record Cranberry Shipments are Possible, Plus a Review of Potato, Citrus Loads

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IMG_2991Record cranberry shipments could occur for the second year in a row, plus here is a review of recently completed seasonal  shipments for potatoes and citrus.

There were record shipments of cranberries last year and a similar amount of the fruit is expected to be coming out of Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Washington state bogs this season.  Only about 10 percent of the crop is shipped as fresh, while the remainder mostly is processed for juices and sauce.

One estimate has the cranberry crop at around  11.1 and 11.5 million barrels, similar to the 2012 production of 11.2 million barrels.  That 2012 crop was a record.  Most shipments occur mid-September through mid-November.

Historically, about 80 percent of a season’s crop is consumed in North America, and about 20 percent of the crop is consumed during Thanksgiving week.

Potato Shipments

USA potato shipments increased eight percent in 2012, but citrus production was down 4 percent.

About 463 million cwt. of potatoes was shipped in the U.S. in 2012, according to a USDA report released September 19.

Citrus Shipments

Citrus shipments dropped four percent last season, and  totaled 11.2 million tons during 2012-13.

Florida accounted for 63 percent, and California 34 percent of all citrus shipped in the USA.  Texas and Arizona made up the balance.

Florida’s orange shipments, at 134 million boxes, fell nine percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage in Florida, at 489,600 acres, was 5,500 acres below the 2011-2012 season.

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