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Potato Loads, Georgia Veggies and Imported Grapes

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USA potato loads will be up eight percent over a year ago when this season ends around August.  The 991,500 acres of spuds is six percent more than athe previous season.  Of course, Idaho shipments easily lead all other states, but there are significant loadings available in Washington state, Oregon, Wisconsin, the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota, among others.

Idaho is shipping about 1750 truckload equivalents of potatoes per week, although a greater percentage is shipped by rail than most other spud production areas….By contrast, Colorado’s San Luis Valley is moving about 1000 loads per week, all by truck.

Southeastern Greens

Central and southern areas of Georgia are loading  collards, kale, mustard and turnip tops for the holidays.  Loads of greens should continue from Georgia into March or April, depending on the weather.  Broccoli also is being shipped.

Chilean Imported Grapes

While Chilean grapes are starting to  arrive in the USA anytime now, it will be late January before good volume and loading opportunities are available at USA ports.   Grapes arriving at such ports as Wilmington, NC; Philadelphia, and Long Beach, CA are shipped throughout the states and into Canada, with volume expected to top last year.

Georgia vegetables – grossing about $2800 to Boston.

Idaho potatoes – about $5400 to New York

Colorado potatoes – about $2000 to San Antonio.


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Georgia Shipments to Increase

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Georgia spring fruits and vegetables are generally a week or more early giving  truckers some loading opportunities a little sooner than normal.  Greens ranging from kale to mustard, collard, etc. are in a steady mode for harvest, packing and shipping.  In the weeks ahead veggies ranging from  beans to cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers, etc. will be coming on from central and southern areas of Georgia.

Light shipments of sweet Vidalia onions are underway, with good volume about another week away.

Something not widely known about Georgia is its blueberry shipments have significantly increased over the past eight years or so.  In 2004 it had 20 million pounds of blues and this year it should ship about 50 million pounds, despite half of the crop being wiped out by a February freeze.   In recent years Georgia has ranked anywhere from second to fourth in blueberry shipments, and this is expected to continue increasing.

Georgia peach shipments should be starting around May 10th from the Ft. Valley area.  Volume is expected to be normal for the early and middle part of the season, although the late season peaches could yield lighter shipments if projections hold.  Georgia typically ships peaches into August.

In South Carolina peach shipments should get underway around the third week of May.

Various greens from Georgia – grossing about $2600 to Philadelphia.


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