Posts Tagged “New Jersey peach shipments”

NJ Blueberry, Peach Shipments Look Good; NW Pear Loadings to be Average

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DSCN0814New Jersey blueberry shipments are in good volume, while peach shipments have started in the last few days….Meanwhile, Northwest pear shipments should be the best in four years.

Blueberry shipments got underway in mid-June and will run through the end of July for Sunny Valley International Inc. of Glassboro, NJ.

In 2016, the most recent year where statistics are available, New Jersey’s 30 million pounds accounted for 12 percent of total domestic blueberry shipments. New Jersey’s share of the U.S. market was 20 percent of domestic production in June and 26 percent in July.

Fresh blueberry output in New Jersey accounts for about 80 to 85 percent of the crop, with the most of the production coming out of Atlantic and Burlington counties.

Long term acreage trends show 2016 harvested acreage of blueberries in New Jersey was 9,300 acres, down from 10,000 in 2015 and 9,300 acres in 2014.

NJ Peach Shipments

New Jersey peach shipments started this week and should have decent volume until the season ends in mid-September.

Peach shipments in 2016 came from 4,700 acres, according to the USDA, unchanged from 2016 and up 100 acres from 4,600 acres in 2014.

Peach shipments from New Jersey in 2016 totaled 5.2 million pounds, or about 1 percent of domestic peach shipments that year.  New Jersey’s share of the domestic peach market was less than 1 percent in July, 3 percent in August, and 2 percent in September.

Northwest Pear Shipments

Pacific Northwest pear shipments are expected to be average this season with 18.8 million, 44-pound boxes following lighter crops four years in a row.

Pear shipments hit a record 21.69 million boxes in 2013, but every year since then the yield has been much lighter.  Hot weather causing fruit drop and contributing to decay called cork is blamed for at least partially being responsible for the lighter crops.

The 18. 9 million-box estimate is just 58,345 boxes less than the five-year average of 18.9 million boxes. It is 18 percent bigger than the 2017 crop, which will soon finish at close to 15.9 million boxes.

The forecast will be updated in mid-August. Right now, the breakdown by growing district is: Wenatchee, 8.6 million boxes; Hood River, 7 million; Yakima, 2.4 million; and Medford, 751,200 boxes.

Harvest is forecast to start with Starkrimson in Hood River on Aug. 3 and will finish in late September or early October in higher elevations of Hood River and Leavenworth at the upper end of the Wenatchee Valley.

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New Jersey Peach Growers Hope For Abundant, Normal Peach Season

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DSCN0610by NJ Peach Promotion Council

Glassboro NJ  — After a warmer than normal February and a cool March, New Jersey peach growers had a full bloom in mid-April and  New Jersey peach shipments will be getting underway by the Fourth of July.

Leonard Grasso, owner of Angelo Grasso and Son Farms with his father Angelo, grows peaches south of Mullica Hill, in Gloucester County, NJ.   “We are in good shape with all of our trees pruned, new trees planted, and anticipate a full crop of flowers,” stated Grasso.   “We also grow a variety of vegetable crops, which gives us a hedge against financial loss in case we get some flower injury from lower temperatures, or other adverse weather that might reduce our peach crop.   The Grassos expect to be marketing peaches from early July into September under the Top Crop label through the marketer Donio Inc in Hammonton. New Jersey.

“We continue to expand our peach and nectarine plantings and are optimistic about  a full crop of peaches and nectarines,” said Lewis DeEugenio, owner of Summit City Farms and Winery near Glassboro and president of Jersey Fruit Marketing Cooperative in Glassboro.  “We have a planting of the best new yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines on our new farm on Rte 538 near Monroeville, NJ, which will produce its first big crop this year. We are always looking at new ways to market our Jersey Fruit label and this year have put in a new specialty pack line at Eastern Pro Pak in Glassboro that packs for us and other growers under the Jersey Fruit Brand.”

Recent statistics published by the National Peach Council estimate that NJ growers are producing about 5500 acres of peaches and nectarines and should harvest between 55, and 60 million pounds of fruit in 2018.  “We are always optimistic at this time of year,” said Maccherone.

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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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Loading Update on Western Veggies, Eastern “Blues”

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DSCN7473Salinas Valley vegetable shipments continue to struggle, while eastern blueberry loadings may finally get going this month.
It has been a less than stellar spring for central coast vegetable shipments due mostly to weather conditions.  In essence, Salinas Valley vegetable shipments are going to be trying at best heading into summer.  You’ll need to be alert when loading product.  There is everything from quality issues to inconsistent sizing of lettuce heads.
This situation is expected to continue through June, and perhaps through most of July.  Salinas vegetable shippers tend to plant about 40 percent less  product for summer because they face so much competition from various home grown season in the U.S. and Canada.  Other vegetables ranging from broccoli to cauliflower also are being affected, but to a lesser extent.
Salinas Valley vegetable and berry shipments – grossing about $4600 to Chicago.
Georgia Blueberry Shipments
Warmer weather, poor pollinating conditions and labor issues are all contributing to fewer blueberries currently coming out of the Southeastern U.S.  Georgia blueberry shipments will pick up by mid June.  The state has shipped nearly 90 million pounds of blueberries per year in the past, but in 2016, it will be well short of that number.  The longer growing season in this region may help offset an even greater decline in shipments.  Georgia has one of the longest seasons in the U.S., from mid-April to the middle of July.
Georgia’s season nearly mirrors the blueberry shipping seasons in a few other states, such as North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Georgia blueberry shipments grossing about $2600 to Chicago.  Georgia vegetables grossing about 15 to 20 percent less.
NJ Fruit Shipments
After fewer blueberry shipments in 2015, New Jersey expects to rebound this year.  Initial loadings should get underway around June 10-11.  In 2013 New Jersey shipped 65 million pounds of “blues”, followed by 55 million pounds in 2014.  During those years (2013 and 2014) the state ranked seventh nationally in total blueberry volume.  However, the state slipped to seventh place in 2015 behind shipments from California and North Carolina.
About 87 percent of New Jersey blueberry shipments are delivered for the fresh market.
New Jersey peach shipments should begin around June 18th and continue well into July.  Loadings should continue through July and perhaps extend until the middle of August.  New Jersey ranks fourth in peach shipments behind California, South Carolina and Georgia.  While no forecast is out yet, weather factors are expected to reduce Jersey peach volume this season.

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Shipping Update: NJ produce, Mex Imports, Peruvian Asparagus

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DSCN3240+1+1From New Jersey, to Mexican imports in South Texas to the arrivals of Peruvian asparagus, here are some possible loading opportunities.

New Jersey Produce Shipments

New Jersey peach shipments are now moving in good volume.  There are nearly 5,000 acres of red and white peach tree orchards in New Jersey.

The Garden state also is shipping cucumbers, squash, peppers and beans, among other veggies.  Jersey planted 6,300 acres of sweet corn last year and similar acreage and volume is expected this year.

Peruvian Asparagus

As Peruvian asparagus growers move into their peak season, exporters are already ahead of the projected volumes for 2015.  Peru produces asparagus throughout the year thanks to a favorable climate.  Production areas are situated both in north and south of Peru, allowing exports to the United States after domestic shipments have finished.  Peru exported nearly 220 million pounds of fresh asparagus in 2014, which represented an increase of 6.84 percent over export volume in 2013.  The U.S. was the chief destination for fresh Peruvian asparagus, accounting for 60 percent of total volume.   “Grass” arrivals are primarily at ports on both U.S. coasts.

Mexican Lemon Shipments

Beginning in mid-August, imports of Mexican lemons will start with product crossing the border at McAllen, Tx, which is during the seasonal gap between the California coastal and desert growing regions.  Shipments through McAllen also offers a substantial savings on transportation for shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, compared to California.  Product will be available through mid-October, leading into the start of California desert shipments.

Mexican fruits, vegetables crossing into the Lower Rio Grande Valley – grossing about $4500 to New York City.


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Eastern Produce Shipments: Here’s Some Loading Opportunties

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IMG_7031+1Here we go with a round up a several produce shipping areas in the Eastern time zone.

New Jersey Produce Shipments

There is currently good volume with peach shipments, although peak loadings will occur as we approach late July.  New Jersey peach shipments will continue through most of September.  Jersey blueberries are still moving, but are in a seasonal decline.  Steady shipments of vegetables continue from the southern part of the state.

Georgia Produce Shipments

Perhaps heaviest volumes is with Georgia watermelon shipments, averaging around 350 truck loads per week.  Sweet corn volume is rapidly declining, as are Vidalia onions….Fort Valley peach shipments are moderate.  There is higher volume with peaches and watermelons coming out of South Carolina.

South Carolina peaches – grossing about $1000 to Atlanta.

North Carolina Produce Shipments

Steady volume (about 250 loads weekly) continues from the Eastern part of the state with sweet potatoes, which are grossing about $2300 to Chicago.

Ohio Produce Shipments

Sweet corn shipments join a host of other mixed vegetables originating out of the Willard, OH area.  Volume currently is very light, but should hit stride with the arrival of August.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Blueberry shipments are increasing.  Movement started nearly three weeks ago and approximately 90 million pounds of blueberries are forecast to be shipped in 2015 for fresh and frozen markets….Concerning Michigan apples, shipments are expected to be similar to last season’s good volume….Mixed vegetables continue to move in good volume.

New York Produce Shipments

Orange County onion loadings will get underway in August.  Meanwhile, Hudson Valley apple volume is light as the shipping season comes to an end.  Otherwise, there are a number of vegetable shipments scattered throughout the state, particularly in the central and western areas.

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Loading Opportunities for East Coast Peaches

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DSCN4527Peach shipments are past their peak in Georgia, while increasing in volume from South Carolina.  New Jersey peach loadings will get underway soon.

Georgia peach shipments from the Fort Valley are now in the last half of the season.  Weather factors earlier in the year are going to result in only about a 60 percent crop over all.  For example, Lane Southern Orchards, the state’s largest peach shipper, expects to ship about 475,000 25-pound half bushel cartons this season, compared to 750,000 bushels a year ago.  Lane should be shipping into the last half August.

Georgia is moving about 100 truck loads of peaches per week.

Georgia peach shipments – grossing about $3400 to Boston.

South Carolina Peach Shipments

Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC expects to ship its highest volume of fruit from mid July through August, while winding down the season in early September.  Titan is believed to be South Carolina’s largest peach shipper.

South Carolina is loading about 200 truck loads of peaches weekly, with volume still increasing.

South Carolina peaches – grossing about $3100 to New York City.

New Jersey Peach Shipments

New Jersey peach shipments are expected to be good this season when it kicks off in late July.  We’ll have more details soon.

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New Jersey Produce Shipments to Build in Volume

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DSCN3783Over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown and shipped from New Jersey, mostly from the Southern part of the state.  Here’s a round up of what is being loaded for distribution, as well as what will be available in the weeks and months ahead.

New Jersey Produce Shipments

New Jersey has 11 primary fresh vegetables:  Tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, escarole, snap beans, and asparagus.   Jersey’s top five principal fruits are strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and cranberries  (for processing).

New Jersey vegetable shipments:  The Garden state already has been shipping early season spinach, collards, beets, radishes, escarole/endive, Swiss chard, lettuces and herbs such as parsley, dill, coriander and cilantro.  Asparagus loadings got underway in late April.  Cabbage, pickles and turnip shipments started at the end of May.

Beginning in June and July

Cucumbers and squash will start in mid-June.  While sweet corn and tomatoes have normally started by July 4th, neither may have much volume by then this year, due to colder weather moving back the harvest.

Minor quantities of early New Jersey blueberry shipments  should be starting the third week of June, with good volume by the end of June.  In 2014, New Jersey produced about 8,800 acres of berries yielding about 56.7 million pounds — fifth in the nation.

July to Mid September Shipments

Yellow New Jersey peach shipments should start the third week of July, with fair volume by early August.  Larger volume varieties should begin by the early August.  Good yellow peachvolume is expected by mid-August through mid-September. White peach volume begins in the third week of August through mid-September. About 150 peach producers grew 44 million pounds of  peaches on 4,600 acres in New Jersey in 2014 — ranking fourth in the nation.


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Good Produce Volume for Haulers Leading up to Memorial Day

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DSCN5240Here’s a glimpse nationally at shipping areas such as Florida spring vegetables, potatoes from Arizona and looking ahead a few weeks to peaches from New Jersey, as well as with Mexican grapes.

Florida vegetable shipments are still moving in good volume and nothing is probably providing more loading opportunities than sweet corn.  Big volumes are expected  through the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.  In recent weeks Florida sweet corn shipments have exceeded 1 million crates per week!…..After the holiday, Florida corn will be declining, but South Georgia will start shipping corn in late May with much bigger volumes in early June.

South Florida watermelons have been commanding the best trucks – grossing about $4000 to New York City.  That’s about 25% more than rates for Florida red potatoes and nearly 20% more than Florida veggies.


Arizona Potato Shipments

Arizona red potato shipments kicked off about a week ago and now the yellow and mini potato varieties will get going any day now.  Most of the potatoes are grown and shipped from an area South of Phoenix in the Casa Grande area.

Mexican Grape Shipments

Since there is still a lot of imported Chilean grapes in the distribution pipeline, some Mexican shippers have delayed shipments for a relatively short period of time.  Grapes imported from Mexico are expected to be similar in volume to a year ago with a little over 16 million boxes.  The 2014 crop  finished at 16.2 million boxes.

New Jersey Peach Shipments

Looking ahead several weeks, New Jersey peach shipments will get underway in July and continue into September.

New Jersey is the fourth largest peach shipping state in the country, with approximately 80 orchards on 5,500 acres.



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A Look at Loading Opportunities in California, Jersey and U.S. Ports

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IMG_7024Here is a glimpse at loading opportunities from a couple of districts in California, as well as from New Jersey and at U.S. ports.

Westside Melon Shipments

Melon shipments from the Westside district of California’s San Joaquin Valley got under way last week, with normal acreage and loadings predicted.  The peak shipping period will be in  July, August, September and into October. The biggest volume will be with cantaloupe and honeydew.

Sacramento Valley Prunes

The trend of removing Sacramento Valley prune orchards for more profitable nut crops continues.  Prune production takes place in August and early September.  California statewide should total to around 45,000 acres, amounting to about  95,000 tons of prunes. Last year volume was around 82,000 to 84,000 tons..  The 95,000 may also be close to what can be expected in the future.  Typical volumes of a few years ago was in the 120,000 to 140,000 range.

California Pears

California pear shipments from the Sacramento  River district and the mountain district get underway within the next week.  While loadings may be off 10 to 15 percent from a year ago, there still will be decent volume.

New Jersey Peach Shipments

New Jersey’s peach crop has folks optimistic this year with about 30,000-35,000 tons of fruit forecast from the state’s 5,500 acres of trees.  Peaches shippers are located near such towns as Bridgeton, Salem, Mullica Hill, and Glassboro.  Good volume is expected by the second week of July with shipments continue through mid September.

New Zealand Kiwi

Arrivals of New Zealand kiwifruit began in mid-May and should be available for loadings at U.S. ports until mid-October.

Central San Joaquin Valley melons and vegetables – grossing about $5700 to Chicago.


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