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Georgia Vegetable Shipments to be Cut by Weather Issues

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A combination of a warm winter, rainy spring and throwing in a few hail storms and tornadoes to boot, will mean fewer Georgia vegetable shipments this season. Although Georgia is shipping some type of veggie the year around, mid-May to mid-June is when heaviest volume occurs.

The weather factors will probably reduce Vidalia onion volume as much as 20 percent, although a better handle on losses will come when harvest is complete.

Baker Farms of Norman Park in southwestern Georgia has kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, turnip roots, beet roots, chard, cilantro, cabbage and broccoli. Although Baker Farms grows veggies year-round, it spring shipments will be less, primarily due to excessive rains.

A&M Farms of Lyons, GA will have a 15 to 20 less volume with its Vidalia onions.

Generations Farms of Vidalia, Ga., was hit by hail in April which damaged a few fields, causing a loss of about 85 acres, or 10 percent of its Vidalia onion crop.

Shuman Farms of Reidsville, GA reports the Vidalia onion industry will see lower yields per acre compared to the past three to four years, as well as a smaller size profile.

Corbett Bros. Farms of Lake Park, GA, which is part of the Grower Network, had some tornado damage in mid- to late April. The farm, located in the southern-central part of Georgia close to the Florida border, produces cabbage, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants, hot peppers and citrus.

Georgia watermelon shipments, which rank fourth nationally in volume, get underway in early June, with peak loadings coming by June 20th. The state averages over 18,000 acres of harvested watermelon each year. Other top watermelon-shipping states are Texas, Florida and California.

Vidalia onions – grossing about $2600 to Chicago and New York City.


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Georgia Veg Shipments Have Started; Auctions set on 2 former Vidiala Onion Shippers

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150_5080+1Here’s a spotlight on Georgia with some good and some not so good.  A glimpse of the Georgia spring vegetable shipments is made.  There’s also news on two auctions of assets of former Vidalia onion shippers

Georgia vegetable shipments are getting underway in very light volume for the summer shipping season.  Warm growing conditions is resulting in one of the earliest starts in memory.  For example Southern Valley at Norman Park is now loading cabbage, yellow squash and zucchini.  These items will be soon be followed by vegetables in the first half of May ranging from eggplant, to cucumbers and peppers and later, sweet corn.

2 Vidalia Bankruptcies Ending in Auctions

Gerrald’s Vidalia Sweet Onions of Stateboro, GA will be for sale in May at a bank-ordered auction, which includes the land, facilities and equipment.   Online bidding starts May 11, with bidding on the real estate closing May 25 and bidding on equipment closing May 26.

Included in the auction will be 323 acres of farmland, about 150 acres of which is irrigated.  An 85,000-square foot packing facility, late-model John Deere equipment, row crop implements, packing equipment and more than 3,500 produce field bins will also be for sale, according to Weeks Auction Group of Moultrie, GA.

The property was last planted in 2016, though not with onions because it was a rotation year.  The land is also suitable for growing carrots, watermelon, cotton, peanuts and other crops.  The property also includes a 27-acre pecan orchard.  The auction comes as a result of bankruptcy and subsequent foreclosure. 

The auction will be the second of a Vidalia onion operation in the span of a month. 

Plantation Sweets of Cobbtown, GA will be sold in a bank-ordered auction today, which includes the land, facilities and equipment.  Plantation Sweets filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2016. In response to a motion to convert to Chapter 7 or dismiss the case, a judge ruled in December to dismiss.  The case was terminated March 29.

Assets up for sale in that auction will include about 567 acres of farmland. Equipment and micro-bins used by the operation will be sold April 27 in a separate auction.


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Widespread Panic! SE Blueberries, Peaches, other Crops Clobbered by Freeze

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DSCN9012More details are becoming available on that mid March hard freeze that hit crops from North Carolina to Southern Georgia.  Spring produce shipments from the Southeast will definitely be affected.

Georgia Blueberry Shipments

That March 15-17 freeze could reduce Georgia blueberry shipments by as much as 75 percent this spring, costing the industry $400 million.  At best, there is hope “only” 60 percent of the crop was lost, but it could easily be higher in the south-central areas of Georgia, which is heart of blueberry production.

In this area, covering about 50 miles,  60 to 70 percent of Georgia’s blueberry crop is located.  Some farmers have lost 100% of their early production rabbiteye crop.  Temperatures in the area dropped to as low as 21 degrees for three nights in a row in mid-March.

Georgia Peach Shipments

Georgia peach orchards, primarily located in the Ft. Valley area, may have faired better than blueberries.  Shipments may be reduced by “only” 40 to 50 percent.  The lack of chill hours in middle Georgia had delayed the budding process.  Now those buds are emerging, but growers now have to take a wait and see approach.  Because the peaches were so late, it may have protected the crop.

Still,  later on, there’s what is called the “May drop,” where any damaged peaches could start falling from trees.

Vidalia Onion Shipments

Escaping freeze damage was the Vidalia sweet onion crop.  Shippers are still making normal plans for the official April 12 opening shipping date.  It is described as one of the best crops in years.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Freeze damage to Georgia vegetables is all over the board.  Bell peppers and other summer vegetables will be lost, while others veggie are expected to be slowed, but not fatally harmed by the weather.  It will be awhile before accurate information is available…..As for Georgia watermelon shipments, there is believed to be some losses, but it should be relatively minor.

North Carolina Fruit Shipments

There is widespread damage to peaches and blueberry crops, but little specific information is available at this time.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

We’ll have a report on Monday, March 27th regarding South Carolina, which actually ships more peaches than Georgia or North Carolina in a normal season.




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Hurricane Clobbers North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

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dscn4297Produce trucking sweet potato loads could be affected significantly for the 2016-17 shipping season due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.   Loading opportunities this fall for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will be impacted much less, although volume from these three states is limited this time of year.

Southeast produce growers are estimating damage from Hurricane Matthew which hugged coastal Florida and Georgia before slamming into South Carolina and North Carolina, where it flooded fields and caused evacuations

North Carolina Sweet Potato Shipments

Around 40 to 45 percent of the sweet potato harvest had been dug when the storm dumped up to 18 inches of rain October 6 – 9 during the middle of the North Carolina harvest.

There is little doubt North Carolina sweet potato shipments were hit pretty hard, and significant losses will occur, but the bottom line is  it will take days, if not week to assess the damage.  Earlier this week many roads remained impassible with a lot of farmland remaining underwater  as river levels were still rising in some areas.

Besides sweet potatoes, the Tar Heel state also grows and ships cabbage, greens and a variety of fall vegetables including bell peppers, cucumbers and squash.

South Carolina Vegetable Shipments

The South Carolina received 8-18 inches of rain and growers and state officials are assessing damages.  However, South Carolina isn’t a significant player in vegetable shipments this time of the year, although it does have leafy greens are grown in small acreage in the flooded areas east of Columbia.  There also are crops grown in sandy soils of the interior growing regions that should fair okay.

South Carolina’s peach shipments were completed in September,  but there are cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and watermelons grown closer to the Atlantic Coast.  There are expected to have damage.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Most of Georgia’s southern vegetables are grown in the south-central part of the state, but are believe to have escaped serious damage.  As for the 2017 Vidalia onion crop that starting shipping in April, the area had up to six inches of rain resulting in minor damage to Vidalia onion seed beds, which are planted for the spring harvest.

Some Vidalia onion shippers lost power for about 10 hours.  The electricity runs coolers for their imported Peruvian onions but no damage was reported.

Florida Produce Shipments

Little or no damage was reported with Florida vegetables or citrus.

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A Smorgasbord of Loading Opportunities

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dscn01101Here is a look at a number of different produce loading opportunities from around the United States.

Washington Fruit Shipments

Both of the new crops from apples and pears are increasing in volume from the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys.  Over 2,000 truck load equivalents of apples are being shipped weekly.

Washington fruit – grossing about $4300 to Dallas.

Michigan Apples

Michigan apple shipments are moving in steady volume from week to week, averaging about 250 truck loads — mostly from Western Michigan.

Melon Shipments

Cantaloupe and honeydew loads, primarily from the Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley of California have been very good this year, although a seasonal decline is now underway.  Still, something like 1,000 loads of cantaloupe should be shipped this week.  Meanwhile, the new season harvest has just got underway from Central Arizona for both cantaloupe and honeydew.  The new season from the Yuma should be starting the second week of October.

San Joaquin Valley melons and grapes – grossing about $5100 to Atlanta.

Texas Grapefruit

In South Texas with the fall season, comes grapefruit shipments.  The harvest has just got underway and it will be the last half of October before there are volume loadings.  Literally dozens of different tropical fruits and vegetables from Mexico are crossing into the Lower Rio Grand Valley for distribution mostly to the Midwest and eastern portions of the U.S. and Canada.  However, volume is pretty light on most items.  Mexican limes are averaging about 375 truck loads weekly, while vine ripe tomatoes account for around 500 truck loads per week.

Mexican fruit and vegetables through South Texas – grossing about $3600 to New York City.

Colorado Produce Shipments

San Luis Valley potato loadings are amounting to about 750 truck loads per week.  Northeast Colorado has a sizeable dry onion crop each year.  There is currently very light movement that will be increasing in the weeks ahead.

Colorado potatoes – grossing about $2100 to Chicago.

South Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Harvest has just started, or will get underway shortly for fall vegetables ranging from sweet corn, to cucumbers, greens, bell peppers and squash.  Even when volume kicks in later this month, this is fall volume, and typically involves multiple pick ups.





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Fall Shipments: CA Grapes, Berries; GA Veggies

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dscn7930Excellent loading opportunities for California grapes are continuing into the fall shipping season, while strawberries also are moving in good volume.  Meanwhile, here’s an update on Georgia fall vegetable shipments.

California Grape Shipments

California grape shipments are above of those of a year ago.  About 82.9 million million of grapes were loaded in the San Joaquin Valley in the week ending September 26, up from 70.7 million pounds in the same week last year.  However, this was down from 88.1 million pounds the previous week.

Season-to-date, about 2.1 billion pounds of grapes had shipped in the U.S., down from 2.2 billion pounds last year at the same time.

San Joaquin Valley grapes and melons – grossing about $4200 to Chicago.

California Strawberry Shipments

California strawberry volumes should continue heavy as fall loadings increase.  Weekly volumes shipping in September were at record levels for that time of year, with the trade shipping  over 5.5 million trays a week during the month.

During the second half of September, there were volumes from both the Salinas/Watsonville area and the Santa Maria growing district.  Higher-yielding varieties were coming into production in from both areas, with being  a factor behind the shipping surge.  The week of September 19 some Oxnard growers were already shipping some fall strawberries.

By the first or second week of October, loadings from Oxnard should be going good, although fall acreage is down slightly from last year.

Salinas Valley vegetables and Watsonville strawberries – grossing about $6600 to New York City,

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Late-summer growing conditions have been good  for production of southern Georgia cabbage, cucumbers and greens.  There will be very light loadings of cabbage in late October.  However, volume will pick up significantly in early to mid-November.  Good loading opportunities are seen for the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Cucumber shipments started in south Georgia a couple of weeks ago, with loadings expected to continue into the first half of November.

In mid-September, Georgia growers typically begin harvesting leafy greens, including kale, collard greens, turnip roots and mustard greens. and ramp up larger volume in mid-October.





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Florida Outlook for Tomato, Citrus Shipments

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112_12781Florida tomato shipments look to be similar to last season, while a big plunge is seen with Florida citrus.

During the 2015-16 season, which ended in June, tomato growers packed 28.2 million 25-pound equivalent cartons of mature greens and vine-ripe tomatoes, down from 36.5 million from the previous season.  The decline is attributed primarily to excessive rains during the growing season.  Torrential spring rains reduced yields that caused the 8 million carton shortage,

Last year, Mexican tomato imports increased 18 percent from the prior year from October to mid-June.   Imported Mexican tomatoes are primarily vine ripes, while Florida’s tomatoes are mostly mature greens.

Fall plantings for this season are expected to be similar to a year ago.  Florida tomato shipments will get underway in October.  In fact Florida typically is shipping tomatoes most of the year, with the exception being July, August and September.

Florida Citrus Shipments

Florida citrus acreage has declined  to its lowest level in nearly three generations.

On September 12th, the USDA reported the Sunshine State’s citrus acreage declined to 480,121 acres for 2015-16, the lowest since the agency began surveying acreage in 1966.

Oranges, which constitute 89 percent of the state’s citrus acreage, is the lowest since that period as are grapefruit and tangerines.  In 1970, Florida growers planted 715,806 acres of oranges, 124,050 acres of grapefruit and 101,615 acres of specialty fruit or tangerines and tangelos.

Currently, oranges make up 425,728 acres, grapefruit, 40,316 acres and specialty fruit, 14,077.

Orange production is down 3.7 percent from the 2014-15 season while white grapefruit sustained the biggest loss at 17 percent for the period.  Red seedless grapefruit experienced only a 4 percent decline.

Tangerine and tangelo acreage declined 17 percent respectively from the previous year.

Of the 27 citrus-producing counties, 24 recorded acreage declines.

The Indian River region produces the most grapefruit acreage while the central region leads in the production of oranges and specialty fruit.

In terms of total citrus production, the central, southern and western regions represent the biggest acreage.

Florida will have light overall shipments of produce until March or April when spring vegetables get underway.  In fact the whole Southeast is pretty “dead” this time of year.

Southern Georgia vegetable shipments – grossing about $800 to Atlanta.




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Loadings for CO Spuds, GA Veggies, Peruvian Onions

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As we approach fall, here is a look at the upcoming possibilities for fall loadings for Colorado potatoes, Georgia vegetables and imports of sweet onions from Peru.

Colorado Potato ShipmentsIMG_5479+1

Last year San Luis Valley Colorado potatoes were harvested off of 52,000 acres.   This year acreage is about 50,900 acres.

Diggings started for some growers in August, with the harvest running into mid-October.  There were 2,176 truck loads shipped during the 2015-16 season, down about 400 loads from the previous season.  Russets account for nearly 99 percent of the crop last year and 97 percent in 2014-15.

Yellows last year were 0.2 percent, down slightly from 0.3 in 2014-15.  Interestingly, yellows have declined since 2013, dropping 0.1percent each year.  Red potatoes were 1 percent last year and 2.6 percent the year before, showing an increase of russets in 2015-16.

Shipments are increasing, but currently too light to quote freight rates.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

While the volume doesn’t match that of spring and summer loadings, fall Georgia vegetable shipments are significant.  A drawback may be multiple pick ups for lack of any one shipping having truckload volume at anyone time.  Still, it is that time of year.  Florida is dead and there’s not a lot of choices in the Southeast.

Generally speaking most fall Georgia vegetables are in the ground and harvest will be starting anytime.  Heaviest volumes will be during October, although lighter shipments will be occurring in November and into December.

Among the fall veggie loading available are:  bell peppers, squash, cabbage, green beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, greens (kale, collard, turnip and mustard), as well as carrots sweet potatoes and hot peppers.

Shipments are too light to get an accurate quote on freight rates.

Peruvian Onion Imports

Onion imports from Peru have started arriving at U.S. ports in light volume, but are increasing.  Peru typically follows the Vidalia sweet onion season.  The product from Southeastern Georgia enjoyed banner shipments this season and is virtually finished.  Meanwhile, it’s making for a good transition to Peruvian imported onions, which will continue through the winter and dovetail into the sweet onion shipments that will be coming next spring out of Mexico and then Texas – and once again back to Vidalia.

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A National Produce Shipping Update from 6 Different States

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DSCN0492+1A number of states are just getting underway with spring produce shipments, plus we through in some updates on a few that have been shipping all along.

Cherry Shipments

California cherry shipments have been underway for a week or more out of the San Joaquin Valley.  Good volume is expected next week (May 2-6).  Good loading opportunities will continue for several weeks, before being replaced by shipments out of the Yakima Valley in Washington state.

Asparagus Shipments

Asparagus loadings from three separate regions should be good leading up to Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th.  California, Washington and Mexico have all been shipping in the second half of April.

California volume remains steady, and Washington state came out of the gate with good supplies.  Baja California and other Mexican shipping areas have been ramping up in April and should have good supplies for about the next six weeks.

Idaho Potato Shipments

Idaho potato shipments are remaining fairly steady from week to week, averaging over 1600 truck load equivalents, primarily out of the Upper Valley and the Twin Falls areas.

Idaho potatoes – grossing about $4000 to Atlanta.

Colorado Potato Shipments

The Rocky Mountain state is the nation’s second largest potato shipper.  The San Luis is averaging over 600 potatoes being shipped weekly.

Colorado potato shipments – grossing about $1500 to Dallas.

Washington Apple Shipments

Washington state is shipping more apples and pears than the rest of the nation combined.   Both apples and pears are being loaded from the Yakima and Wenatchee Valleys.

Washington apples – grossing about $5000 to Orlando.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Southern Georgia remains pretty dormant right now, but spring vegetables shipments will be picking up in the next few weeks.  Look for light to moderate volume with everything from beans, to cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, greens and more in early May.  Vidalia onions shipments just started this week.

Georgia vegetables – grossing about $2200 to New York City.

New Jersey Blueberry Shipments

New Jersey blueberry shipments should get underway in mid June.  New Jersey produced 57 million pounds of blueberries in 2014.  Approximately 82 percent of the state’s blueberry acreage is in Atlantic County.

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NC Sweet Potato Shipments Take a Hit; GA Veggie Update

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NDSCN3600+1orth Carolina sweet potato shipments all of a sudden are not looking nearly as good this season, while fall vegetables soon will transition from Georgia to Florida.

While North Carolina may have dodged the proverbial weather bullet that clobbered South Carolina, the Tar Heel state still got hit pretty good.  From a produce trucking standpoint, the biggest change will be with opportunities for hauling North Carolina sweet potatoes.   The state’s leading produce item had fields hit with rains for two weeks.  Then they have to wait for fields to dry to continue harvesting.   Meanwhile, farmers are fighting the clock when the first hard freeze will end diggings.   Bottom line –  No specifics yet, but undoubtedly there’s going to be substantial losses in North Carolina sweet potato shipments for the 2015-16 season.  This means reduced yields and quality problems….There’s currently a mixture of the old and new crop being shipped, averaging only about 200 truck loads per week.  We’ll provide more info as it becomes available.

Eastern North Carolina sweet potato shipments – grossing about $2500 to New York City.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Blessed with sandy soil in much of Georgia, it helps absorb excessive rains that occurred recently with Hurricane Joaquin.  Items such as cucumbers and squash are being shipped in light volume, but will be declining as we approach November.   There are a number of Florida vegetable shipments that will start increasing with Georgia’s decline.  Still, we’re talking pick ups in terms of pallets, not truck loads.




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