Posts Tagged “Michigan produce shipments”

A National Glimpse of Produce Shipments from Nearly a Dozen States

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DSCN3858+1Here’s a quick glimpse at some produce loading opportunities from 11 different states ranging from coast-to-coast.

Washington Produce Shipments

Washington state continues to ship its 2013-14 season crop of apples, averaging about 1,500 truck load equivalents per week.  Also coming out of the Yakima and Wenachee vallies are fresh cherries.  Volume remains strong, but is still only about one-third the volume of apple shipments.

Washington fruit – grossing about $7500 to New York City.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Peach shipments from the Benton Harbor area and other areas of Southwest Michigan have started.  Loadings for the stone fruit are generally a relatively short haul – within a 500 mile radius for the most part.  Chicago is one of the more popular destinations…..Apples from the area are expected to get underway the third week of August.  Meanwhile, Michigan blueberry shipments are moving into good volume, while summer mixed veggies continue.

Michigan blueberries – grossing about $2700 to Atlanta; Michigan vegetables grossing 15 to 20 percent less.

New Jersey Produce Shipments

Garden State peach shipments started a couple of weeks ago and are now moving into good volume.  Jersey blueberry loadings are still occurring, butare now past peak volume.  The southern part of the state  also is shipping a mixture of vegetables.

Watermelon Shipments

Watermelon loadings continue from a number of states.  While eastern Texas watermelon shipments, as well as Georgia watermelon shipments are declining, volume is steady out of South Carolina, but cranking up in North Carolina, followed closely by the Eastern Shore states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia…..Look for increasing volume of Missouri watermelons out of the boot heal area…..The watermelon season has recently started out of Southwest Indiana and Southeast Illinois.


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New Mexico Onion Shipments to Increase; Michigan Blueberry Loads will be Later Than Normal

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DSCN3786Following a slow start New Mexico onion loadings should be increasing as competition from other areas subside.  In Michigan, blueberries will be joining mixed vegetable shipments.

New Mexico onion shipments got underway in light volume in early June. Loadings are expected to improve with seasons ending from onions out of West Texas and California’s Imperial Valley.  The state ranks eigth in onion acreage behind Washington, Idaho-Eastern Oregon, California, Georgia, New York, Texas and West-Central Oregon.  When considering yields, New Mexico actually comes in sixth nationwide.  Most of New Mexico onion loads are available from a handful of shippers in the Las Cruces area.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Early reports in Michigan show  an excellent bloom in apple orchards.  Two years ago, freezing weather nearly wiped out the state’s apple crop, but last season it came back with record volume.  The promising bloom this spring is bring early forecasts of another season for large volume apple shipments, despite the Grand Rapids area having a near record 116 inches of snow last winter.

Similar to mixed vegetable shipments out of Michigan this spring, the upcoming blueberry season is dragging, expecting to be a good week to 10 days later than usual.  Michigan blueberry shipments should start in mid July.

New Mexico onions – grossing about $3800 to Chicago.

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A Roundup of Loadings in New York State, Michigan and the Appalachian States

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RdTkHPFrom New York state to the Appalachian States and in Michigan, here is a round up of some loading opportunities.

After devastating freeze losses in 2012, New York apple shipments are enjoying a very strong comeback season, while expecting a record volume exceeding 32 million boxes.  Loadings reported brisk, averaging around 250 truck loads per week.   While the Hudson Valley leads apple shipments, loadings also occur from the Champlain Valley, Central and Western areas of the state.  New York shippers expect a relatively normal end to its season when some companies will finish shipping in late May or June, while others will continue shipping into July.

New York also is shipping storage onions, led by Orange County, with around 150 truck loads are being shipped weekly.  Additonally Western New York is shipping cabbage.

New York cabbage – grossing about $1600 to New York City.

Michigan Produce Shipments

In a similar situation to New York, the state of Michigan has made a major rebound this season with apples.  It is moving similar volume compared to New York as well, averaging around 250 truck loads per week.  Michigan also is shipping  a moderate amount of potatoes, along with light volumes of onions.  A majority of Michigan winter produce shipments originate in the Western part of the state.

Michigan apples – grossing about $3300 to Dallas.

Appalachian Apple Shipments

The apple shipping region known as the Appalachian District comprises portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  There is light, but steady volume with apples being loading here.



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Shipping Updates from California, Michigan, New York and Mexico

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DSCN0429Here’s a round up of California produce loads, as well as loadings from Michigan, New York state and border crossings from Mexico.

California Navel orange shipments should hit about  88 million cartons for the season, down only two percent from a year ago.

Harvest has been underway about a month, with light shipments having started a couple of weeks ago from the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

Mandarin orange  and clementine volume should be up a little mostly because of young acreage coming into fuller production.

Lemon loadings from California’s Imperial Valley and from Arizona should be up slightly this seaons.

The California desert, as well as the Yuma area in Arizona have light volume loadings of cantaloupe and honeydew.  Lettuce shipments are still several weeks away.

In South Texas, watermelon shipments are winding down, but melons from Mexico are just starting and will be crossing the U.S. border , not only in Texas, but at Nogales, AZ, until next May.

Michigan Produce Shipments

The Wolverine state has light volume loadings of carrots, celery and onions, with better volume for apples, the later amounting to around 250 truck loads per week.

New York Apple Shipments

New York is a big state and apple loadings originate in Eastern areas, primarily from the Hudson Valley and near the western shores of Lake Champlain.  Further west in New York, the primary shipping areas for apples are Utica, Ithica, Syracuse and Rochester.  Apple shipments from the state are similar in volume to Michigan’s 250 trucks per week.

San Joaquin Valley produce – grossing about $6500 to New York City.

Hudson Valley apples – about $3200 to Orlando.



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