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Lettuce Shipping Updates: Salinas, Huron and Desert Areas; Navel Orange Volume to Increase

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DSCN0842Lettuce cuttings have just got underway in the Huron district on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley, while Salinas Valley lettuce shipments will continue for a few more weeks….Meanwhile, a double digit increase in navel shipments is forecast for California oranges.

In fact, Salinas lettuce is expected to continue until mid November.  Mid November also is when initial lettuce shipments will get underway from the desert areas of California and Arizona, within a week of Thanksgiving (November 22nd).

The Nunes Co.  of Salinas reports there has been an oversupply of lettuce and organic vegetables this past summer.

Church Bros. LLC of Salinas expects reduced lettuce shipments in late October until Huron moves into volume.

Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $7800 to New York City.

Navel Shipments

California navel orange shipments for the 2018-19 season are forecast to be  11 percent larger than last season, rebounding from a short crop a year ago.

The initial 2018-19 navel orange forecast from the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture is 80 million cartons, up 11 percent from the previous year.  Government survey data shows a statewide fruit set per tree of 426, well above the five-year average of 333.

Of the total navel orange forecast, 77 million cartons are estimated to be in the Central Valley, according to the forecast.

Central San Joaquin Valley citrus – grossing about $5100 to Chicago.

Import concerns

While the forecast for increase navel shipments is good news, there are some concerns about declining navel orange acres in California.

Navel orange bearing acreage in California’s Central Valley has dropped from a peak of about 135,000 acres in 2009 to just 113,000 acres for 2018-19, according to the California Citrus Mutual of Exeter, CA.

Inexpensive Southern Hemisphere imports have arrived early and stayed late, squeezing returns for California growers and contributing to a long-term decline in acreage.

While this year’s California navel crop will be higher than the short crop of a year ago, there is continuing concern about long-term acreage declines related to imports.

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Chile, South Africa Citrus Imports Looking Good

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mandarinasChilean citrus imports, primarily  through ports at Philadelphia and Los Angeles will be good in June or July, although heaviest imports will occur from mid-August through October with mandarins and navels.  South African imports also look good.

Mandarin volume from Chile is expected to be up 39% over last year to 63,267 tons.

That growth will fuel the second half of Chile’s easy peeler export season, which starts in late August.

Clementines, which most retailers start seeing in May, are estimated to be up 13% to 32,816 tons.

Clementines and lemons from the South American nation started about three weeks earlier than last year. Up to the week of May 2, Chile had shipped 102,000 boxes of clementines to the U.S.

In 2015, exports of all citrus items to North America reached record levels of 165,000 tons, or about 81% of all exports.

In easy peelers, Chile surpassed 55% market share last year in the U.S.

Easy peeler volume from Chile should continue to see double-digit growth.  Last year, it was estimated that combined clementine and mandarin volume would reach 100,000 tons over the next few years, and the estimate for this year is already very close to that.  The Citrus Committee’s official 2016 estimate for easy peelers exceeds 96,000 tons.

Total global citrus exports from Chile climbed 30% in 2015, with the largest increase, 57%, attributed to mandarins.

Imported citrus at Long Beach – grossing about $3700 to Dallas.

South African Imports

The initial container vessel of the season with South African clementines arrived in the U.S. on May 18, two weeks ahead on maturity compared to last year.

South African clementines are expected to peak in June and early July, right around the Independence Day weekend.  The season shkould finish a little early due to early maturity.  First navel shipments are expected to arrive June 25th with peak volumes hitting the market in July and August.

South African citrus is available from late May through October.  This is a good time frame as it contra-season to the domestic citrus seasons in California, Florida and Texas.
Here is an overview of availability of South African citrus varieties:
• Clementines: late May-  July
• Navels: July – September
• Midknights: late September through October
• Late season mandarins: late August through Mid- October

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