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Shipping Reports for: Ohio Vegetables, NW Cherries, and Arkansas Produce

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DSCN0794Another normal volume shipping season is seen for Ohio vegetables, while a double digit decline is seen for Northwest cherries. Meanwhile, Arkansas produce shipments get underway in July.

Ohio Vegetable Shipments

Michael Farms of Urbana, Ohio will begin shipping cabbage and green beans in by late June, sweet corn in mid-July and potatoes in early August.

Holthouse Farms of Willard, Ohio has been shipping radishes and cilantro since late May, lettuces since early June,  and just started squash.  Chili peppers will come on in early July. The company also ships bell peppers and eggplant and will have hard squash in the fall.

Buurma Farms of Willard, Ohio has been loading radishes since Memorial Day, and has since added mustard greens, collard greens, kale, dill, cilantro and other items.  The company has just started shipping red leaf, green leaf and romaine.

NatureFresh Farms of Leamington, Ontario starts shipping from its Delta, Ohio, greenhouse at the end of September and goes through the beginning of July 2019.

NatureFresh grows beefsteak, cherry, grape, roma and cocktail tomatoes, as well as tomatoes on the vine.

Northwest Cherry Shipments

The crop estimate for Northwest cherries is for 22.6 million 20-pound cartons, down 15 percent from a year ago.

In 2017 there were shipments of 26.5 million cartons.  An average crop size is 22 million boxes.

Stemilt Growers Inc. of Wenatchee, WA picked its first cherries about a week ago.

California is wrapping up cherry shipments and the crop will be down significantly from last year — about 3 million boxes compared to a record 9.6 million boxes last year. Normal is about 6 million boxes.

Arkansas Produce Shipments

H.C. Schmieding Produce Co. LLC of Springdale, AR expects to start watermelon shipments around the 4th of July and go through the first week of August. The company expects to have light volumes of corn the first week of July, running through the end of the month.

Gem Tomato & Vegetable Sales of Boca Raton, FL is now shipping Arkansas tomatoes and will continue for another month.

Arkansas has roughly 1,200 acres of watermelons, 800 acres of tomatoes.

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Ohio Vegetable Shipments Could be Heavier than Ususal Later in Season

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RadishDespite a crazy growing season due to weather factors, Ohio vegetable shipments started a few weeks ago.  If anything, some replantings of crops could mean heavier than normal loadings later in the season.

Green bean shipments will start anytime now.  Sweet corn  loading get underway in mid-July and like green beans, will run into October.  Cabbage kicked off about a week ago and will run into November.  Potato diggings will start in August and ship from storage into March.

A number of items got underway between mid-May and mid-June, so you can expect good volumes of radishes, cilantro, variety lettuce, collard, turnip, mustard, kale, green onions and parsley continuing through September.

Coming on soon in July will be beets, zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers, lasting through September.  August will bring peak volumes of sweet corn, peppers, celery, carrots and fall squash.  Also, shipments have started with leafy vegetables, root crops and summer squashes tomatoes and eggplant, following in late July.  All of these items should be available into mid-October.

Harvest of soft squash begins  in late June, and bell and hot peppers, eggplant and cucumbers will follow in early July, with hard squash in late August. Hard squash and pumpkin shipments, as well as gourds wrap up Ohio fresh vegetable shipments starting in late August.

Some of the major Ohio vegetable shippers include  Buurma Farms, Inc.; Wiers Farms Inc.; and Holthouse Farms, all based at Willard, OH.  There also is Onion Boy, Shelby, OH (onions that start in late July}, as well as Doug Walcher Farms of Northfield and Micheal Farms of Urbana.

The leading agricultural products in Ohio are soybeans, grain, corn, and greenhouse and nursery, which account for over one-half of Ohio’s total agricultural production. Wheat and hay are also important.  But vegetables also play an important role with shipments covering nearly half of the United States and parts of Canada.



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Ohio and Canadian Veggies, Eastern Peaches, More

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DSCN7472Ohio vegetable shipments have gotten an early start, while Ontario vegetables are building in volume.  Eastern peach loadings remain steady.

Vegetable shipments out of Ohio got underway a week to 10 days early this year.  For example, Buurma Farms of Williard, OH started with radishes mid-May, and dill, cilantro and turnip and mustard greens by the end of the month.  Beets, lettuces, parsley, sweet corn, green onions and celery were  to following in short order

Ohio radish loadings started in mid-May and continue to mid-November, with other commodities starting in June and winding down in October.  For example, sweet corn, celery and peppers likely will start in mid- to late July and go to the first frost.

Ohio sweet corn and many other vegetables are shipped to destinations in the Midwest, East and South.

In late June, shipments begin for cabbage and green beans and the second week of July for corn.

Ontario Vegetable Shipments

Canada’s Ontario province vegetable shipments are now coming on and will be in full shipping mode in July.  While asparagus loading have been occurring since early May, items such as zucchini starts in late June and sweet corn will be available the first half of July.  Other items range from eggplant, to red and green peppers, colored potatoes and cluster tomatoes.

Eastern Peach Shipments

South Carolina peach shipments are good and will remain so approaching the 4th of July.  Loadings are expected to decrease some after the holiday, but then pick back up the second half of July.  Steady shipments are seen through August, before the season winds down in early September.

Georgia peach shipments remain strong, with a season similar to that of South Carolina.  Georgia is reporting its finest crop in at least a decade.

Georgia peach shipments – grossing about $2600 to New York City.

Peruvian Avocado Imports

Peru should export about 100 million pounds of hass avocados to the U.S. this season — about the same as a year ago.

However, expect more fruit next season due to newly planted trees starting to bear fruit in 2017.  Exports to the U.S. and other parts of the world will increase by 20 percent.  About 25 percent of Peru’s avocado exports are destined for the U.S.

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Ohio Vegetable Loadings are Moving into Good Volume

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152_5260Ohio has more than the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes.  This time of year it becomes an important player in shipping vegetables.

Ohio Vegetable Shipments

The state got underway with radishes mid-May, and dill, cilantro and turnip and mustard greens by the end of the month.  Following shortly after that were beets, lettuces, parsley, sweet corn, green onions and celery.

Ohio radish shipments continue from mid-May to mid-November, with other commodities starting in June and winding down in October.

Then you have sweet corn, celery and peppers, which should get underway in mid- to late July and last until the first frost.

Ohio experienced its hottest May since 1988 — which was a drought year.  Some daytime highs were in the 90s, although the 80s were more typical.  The heat helped bring the vegetable crops on earlier and grow faster.

Here are a few of the major shippers of Ohio vegetables:

Bettinger Farms Inc., Swanton, OH

Wiers Farm Inc. and Dutch Maid Produce, Willard, OH.

Holthouse Farms, Willard, OH.

Buurma Farms, Willard, OH



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