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U.S. Onion Shipments Seen as Normal and Steady this Season

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A33Onion shipments across the nation are expected to be similar to that of last season (2017).

The USDA reports 2017 shipments were about 6.7 billion pounds, up from about 6.3 billion pounds in 2016.

Of course, loadings will vary by area.

Snake River Produce of Nyssa, OR points to an excellent onion crop with quality and size.  While volume in that region was down about 20 percent last year, the company is expecting 30 to 35 percent more onion shipments than a year ago and 10 to 15 percent above normal.

Snake River Produce grows and ships red, white and yellow onions, plus a sweet variety called Snake River Sweets.  Shipments will continue until April.

Baker & Murakami Produce Co., Ontario, OR., is reporting a similar onion crop and it sees normal volume for it yellow, red and white onions.

The Snake River region is known for its large onions, which are particularly popular with foodservice operators.

Sunset Produce LLC of Prosser, WA will be shipping its storage onions until mid-May.  The company has yellow, red and white onions, sweet onions and some shallots.

National Onion Inc., of Las Cruces, N.M., is a shipper and broker of onions and during the winter months brokers red, white and yellow onions from Onions 52 Inc., of Syracuse, Utah. The company is reporting good quality.

Fagerberg Produce Inc. of Eaton, CO will have less volume this season due to weather factors during the growing period last summer.  Reporting good quality, Fagerberg will be shipping red, white and yellow onions into March.

Western Idaho – Malheur County, Oregon onions – grossing about $4700 to Dallas.



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Updates on 2 Potato and Onion Shippers in Idaho and Oregon

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A348Potato shipper Eagle Eye Produce, headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, is loading potatoes out of Mattawa, WA, and Pioche, NV, with farming operations at each location with production and shipping facilities on each farm….Meanwhile Oregon onion shipper River Point Farms is shipping onions year around.

Eagle Eye Produce has found the Nevada growing area offers ideal growing for potatoes due to isolation and dry climate.  This reduces disease issues which often hinders other growing regions.   The company has a climate-controlled storage on site, providing it with the ability to ship potatoes starting in September and going through May.

In Mattawa, the Eagle Eye facility will provide about 2,500 truck loads of product available for shipment with a high percentage of No. 1’, which means excellent quality that is shipped to foodservice customers.

Eagle Eye started its new crop potato shipments on August 1st and will continue shipping through next July, which means it has potatoes year-round.

Eagle Eye Produce reports trucking and transportation issues remains one of the biggest challenges with the company and the produce industry.

This is resulting in Eagle Eye searching for alternate means of transportation for shipping product ranging from rail, to cold connect, and intermodal.  There operation also has its own logistic department with a fleet of trucks that helps reduces the challenges it faces with transportation.

River Point Farms

River Point Farms, based in Hermiston, OR, is a vertically integrated, source-based onion supplier shipping whole skin-on, whole peel and cut onions to market 52 weeks per year.

The company is one of the largest onion shippers in the United States growing between 400 to 500 million pounds of onions annually.  The firm has yellow, red, sweet yellow, sweet red, white and organic yellows on its farms in the Columbia Basin.  River Point has a state-of-the-art packing and storage facilities allowing it to grow, store, pack and process quality onions year-round.

River Point Farms started its new crop of onion shipments in late June.

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Late Harvest has Georgia Produce Shipments Playing Catch Up

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A38Harvest start dates were later than last year, but Georgia produce shipments gathered steam in May and June should be even better.

March and April cool weather resulted in fewer shipments than year, when Georgia growing regions experienced a warm spring.  The top two months for Georgia produce shipments in 2106 were June, with 48 percent of the state’s total yearly volume, and July, with 19 percent.

Ken Corbett Farms LLC of Lake Park, GA had 2018 harvest dates running 10-14 days behind normal.  J&S Produce of Mount Vernon, GA has had a similar experience with squash and zucchini.

Through April 2017 Georgia had shipped 4.1 million pounds shipped of squash.  By the end of April this year zero pounds of squash had been shipped.  Georgia squash shipments last year totaled 49.7 million pounds.

Through April 28, Georgia blueberry shipments totaled 2.8 million pounds, down from 66 million pounds at the same time last year.  For the week of April 23-28, Georgia accounted for 20 percent of total U.S. blueberry volume, down from 34 percent at the same time last year.

Total Georgia blueberry shipments last year totaled 22.5 million pounds.

Georgia cabbage shipments of the week of April 23-28 totaled 2.2 million pounds, down from 6.3 million pounds the same time last year. Georgia accounted for 15 percent of total cabbage supply for the week, down from 36 percent of total supply a year ago.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia cabbage through April 22 totaled 2.4 million pounds, off from 11.1 million pounds at the same time a year ago. Total Georgia cabbage shipments last year totaled 61.5 million pounds.

For the week of April 23-28, Georgia onion shipments totaled 16.8 million pounds, down from 19.7 million pounds the same week a year ago.

Georgia onions accounted for 16 percent of total U.S. onion volume, compared 17 percent at the same time a year ago.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia onions through April 28 were 25 million pounds, down from 57.1 million pounds at the same time last year.

Georgia onion shipments last year totaled 283.6 million pounds.

There were exception with Georgia produce where loadings were actually ahead of  year ago.

Georgia is a significant producer of greens. For the week of April 23-28, Georgia shipped 3.3 million pounds of greens, up from 2.7 million pounds the same week last year.

The state’s shippers accounted for 65 percent of U.S. greens volume, compared with 43 percent of total U.S. shipments at the same time. Total greens shipments from Georgia topped 80 million pounds in 2017.

Georgia broccoli shipments  through April 28 reflect bigger volume in 2018 so far compared with 2017. For the week of April 23-28, Georgia accounted for 2.3 million pounds, up from no reported shipments the same week a year ago.

Georgia accounted for 8 percent of total U.S. broccoli supply the week of April 23-28.

Season-to-date shipments of Georgia broccoli through April 28 totaled 14.7 million pounds, up from just 3.3 million pounds the same time a year ago. Total broccoli shipments all of last year totaled 4 million pounds.

Georgia carrot shipments the week of April 23-28 totaled 1.9 million pounds, up from 1.6 million pounds the same week a year ago.

Georgia represented just 7 percent of total U.S. carrot supply for the week, slightly up from 6 percent the same week a year ago. Total Georgia carrot shipments in 2017 totaled 19.4 million pounds.



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Shipping Update: Texas Onions; and Potato Exports

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 DSCN0443Lower Rio Grande Valley onion shipments are just getting underway with optimism for good volume and quality. Meanwhile, potato exports to Canada take a big jump.

South Texas onion shipments are just getting underway in very light volume, with decent loading opportunities expected in early April.

There are about 7,000 acres of onions in the ground, similar to past seasons.  Shipments should continue into late May to early June out of the Rio Grande Valley.  Much smaller volume will be available in July from the Winter Garden area just south of San Antonio.  Light shipments from West Texas will be follow, continuing into early September.  Currently, imported Mexican onions are crossing the border into South Texas and should finish sometime in April.

The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas has about 60 onion growers and about 30 shippers such as Southwest Onion Growers LLC, McAllen, The Onion House, Weslaco and J&D Produce of Edinburg.  Total shipments of south Texas onions were about 3 million 50-pound equivalents for the 2015-16 season,

Potato Exports Show Big Growth to Canada, Mexico

U.S. fresh potato exports soared 17 percent in value last year led by double-digit growth in Canada and Mexico.  U.S. fresh potato exports totaled $238.8 million, up 17 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA.  Volume of fresh potatoes exported in 2017 totaled 544,624 metric tons, up 11 percent from 2016.

Leading the U.S. export market for fresh potatoes was Canada, where $101 million worth of potatoes were shipped, up 15 percent from 2016.  The volume of U.S. fresh potatoes sold to Canada totaled 263,426 metric tons, up 9 percent.

Mexico purchased $41.8 million in 2017, up 14 percent from 2016.  Volume of U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico totaled 93,350 metric tons, up 2 percent from 2016.

Sales to other markets, with gains/loss compared with a year ago:

  • Taiwan, $22.2 million (19 percent);
  • Japan, $18.47 million (-5 percent);
  • Philippines, $11.9 million (80 percent);
  • South Korea, $8.9 million (160 percent); and
  • Malaysia, $6.5 million (19 pecent).

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United States Shipping Update for the Nation’s Potatoes and Onions

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OnionAs expected, Idaho continues to have the most product remaining in storage for United States potato shipments this season, with loading opportunities higher than a year ago.  Meanwhile, we also take at look at the best hauling opportunities for onions.
Potatoes remaining in storages as of June 1st from the major potato shipping states totaled 55.5 million hundredweight (cwt), up 8 percent compared with a year ago, according to a USDA report.
The report noted potatoes in remaining in storage to be shipped in the top 13 potato-growing states, totaled 14 percent  of the fall storage states’ 2016 production, which was 1 percent more than at the same time a year ago.
Potato shipments were up 1 pecent from a year ago and season-to-date shrink and loss was 9 pecent greater than a year ago.
Idaho potatoes in storage made up 38 pecent of total remaining spuds from the 2016 harvest, followed by Washington with 23 percent and 10 percent for Wisconsin.
Potato shipments out of the nation’s leading state, Idaho, are averaging over 1900 truck load equivalents of spud loadings per week.  Meanwhile, the San Luis Valley of Colorado is moving nearly 700 truck loads each week, while  southern Washington’s Columbia Basin and northern Oregon’s Umatilla Basin are shipping about 425 truckloads weekly of potatoes.
An interesting note is while Central Wisconsin has the third most potatoes in storage, it ranks fourth in weekly loadings with about 200 truck loads.
Idaho potatoes – grossing about $4700 to New York City.
Onion Shipments
It is mostly dried onions coming out of storage right now.  Volume is relatively low even among the leading volume onion shipping areas.  Southern New Mexico has the most onion shipments right now averaging over 11oo truck loads per week. From here the drop off is significant as the combined Columbia Basin and Umatilla Basin (Washington and Oregon) is averaging only 425 truck loads a week – about the same as that area’s potato loadings.
In southeast Georgia where the sweet onion crop was one of the best in a long time, they are moving over 300 truck loads each week from storages.
New Mexico onions – grossing about $1500 to Dallas.

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Shipping Updates: Onions Nationwide; Western Vegetables; and Florida Blueberries

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IMG_5516+1Here are shipping updates on Mexican and South Texas sweet onion shipments.  We also update Western vegetable shipments transitioning from the desert areas to up north in Salinas Valley. Finally, it appears Florida blueberry shipments will be good despite a killing Southeastern freeze.

It is the tail end of Mexican sweet onion shipments out of Mexico crossing the border in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  Still about 400 truck loads should cross the border next week, and perhaps the week after that.  Meanwhile, South Texas sweet onion shipments have been underway for several weeks and will continue for a few more weeks.

By contrast, in  New York, steady loadings of storage onions are occurring from Orange County, but volume is less than 150 truck loads a week .

Onions from the California desert get underway from El Centro around April 18 -20.

New Mexico onion loadings from the southern part of the state will start at the end of May or early June.

The nation’s biggest volume shipments of onions are from storages out of the Idaho, Eastern Oregon area, amounting to about 875 truck loads per week.

Idaho, Malheur County, Oregon onions – grossing about $3000 to Chicago.

Mexican tropical fruits and vegetables – grossing about $3000 to Chicago.

Salinas Vegetable Shipments

The transition from the deserts of California and Yuma, AZ are starting, but this is going to require some patience on the part of produce truckers.  With the desert areas wrapping up shipments early and Salinas vegetables getting a late start, this simply means SHIPPING GAPS!

Florida Blueberry Shipments

A freeze that swept through an estimated three-quarters of Georgia’s $400 million blueberry crop around St. Patrick’s Day could turn into an Easter boon for Florida blueberry shippers.

Florida skirted the most damaging parts of the cold wave that enveloped the Southeast and wrecked much of Georgia’s blueberry crop, with temperatures reported in the low 20s.

However,  Florida dodged the bullet, with only minimal damage in Gainesville and north/  Blueberries grown south of I-4 are fine.

At Wish Farms in Hawthorne, FL, located east of Gainesville, temperatures dropped to as low as  28 degrees F., but it emerged relatively unscathed.

Florida’s peak shipments for blueberries are during April and May.  How much?  Good question.  Whether the Florida blueberry industry is embarrassed with their production compared to larger producing states, or they are just secretive isn’t clear.  You just don’t see volume statistics readily available.


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Vidalia Onions Start in April; Western Onion Shipments; Plus the Imported Mango Outlook

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DSCN8995A packing date is set for Vidalia sweet onions.  Otherwise, primary onion loadings a taking place from two western U.S. areas.  Finally, here’s the outlook for imported mangoes.

An April 12th pack date for Vidalia onions has been set by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which is about two weeks earlier than the pack dates during the past three seasons.

GDA rules mandate that no Vidalia onions can be packed or sold before the April 12 pack date.  The pack date is established prior to each season to ensure the highest quality onions are delivered to retail stores for consumers across the country.  The 2017 Vidalia onion crop is ahead of schedule because of the mild temperatures this winter thus resulting in the earlier pack date.  Any sweet onions shipped from the Vidalia growing district prior to April 12th cannot be sold and shipped as Vidalia onions.

This is a very quiet time of year for Georgia produce shipments, with very light volume on a few items such as carrots and greens.  Peach shipments are a couple of months away.

Storage Onion Shipments

The largest amount of onions coming out of domestic storages, averaging about 800 truck loads per week, is from western Idaho and nearby Malheur Co. in eastern Oregon.  Similar onion volume also is be loaded from the Columbia Basin in Washington state and the adjacent Umatilla Basin of Oregon.

Idaho/Oregon onions – grossing about $4200 to Atlanta.

Southern Washington/ Northern Oregon onions – grossing about $4800 to New York City.

Mango Imports

Mango imports for markets in the U.S. are expected to be similar in volume to last year.  Peruvian imported mangoes are rapidly declining as the season comes to a close, while it will be April before there is big volume crossing the border from Mexico.

U.S. consumption of mangos continues to increase as the tropical fruit becomes more mainstream than ever.  Since 2005, mango volume has increased over 75 percent, from 62 million boxes in 2005 to 109 million boxes in 2016.  U.S. per capita consumption has grown 58 percent since 2005 to almost three pounds per person in 2016.

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Onion Shipments are Up from a Year Ago

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dscn8601What a difference a year makes when it comes to onion shipments across the nation.
Unlike last fall and winter, the 2016-7 shipping season for onions may not be better for growers and shippers, but it should mean a significant increase in loading opportunities for onion haulers.  Okay, so onions not be offer prime freight rates.
Peri & Sons Farms, Yerington, N.Y., is an onion grower and shipper has sees plenty of  global onion supplies.   The company also has onion operations in the Mason Valley of Nevada and the Imperial and San Joaquin Valleys of California.  Yields this past growing season were phenomenal.
While Peruvian onion imports are up slightly year-to-date – about 20 percent, overall import volumes from Peru will be down being slightly down from last season.  Peruvian sweet onions are imported from September to February.
 It is too early to tell what imported Mexican volume will be.
Generally, Northwest onion shipments this season appears to be similar to last year.  The Northwest sweet onions are harvested in August and September and sold in the winter months with best quality product available in September and October.  The biggest volume area in the Northwest this time of year is in western Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon.  About 1,000 truck loads are being shipped weekly.
Western Idaho/Eastern Oregon storage onions – grossing about $3200 to Chicago; $5100 to New York City.
The Peruvian Mayan sweets are available from September to January, but because they aren’t storage onions, they’re continually harvested to provide fresh product.
Sweet onions from Walla Walla, WA has been declining in recent years and is down from its peak of 1,200 acres.  However, some observers believe the decline has reached a low and is now  stabilizing.
Vidalia sweet onions are grown in Tattnall and Toombs counties in Georgia and are shipped from late April to August.

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Fall Means More Storage Potato, Onion Shipments

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dscn8177Fall is settling in to many parts of the U.S. and that is good for storage potato and onion shipments.  Here’s a look at the most active shipping areas.

Storage onions from around the country are being shipped, although the heaviest volume is coming from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Leading the nation in dry onion shipments is Washington state’s Columbia Basin.  It is averaging about 875 truck loads per week.  Coming in a close second are onion shipments out of western Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon, amount to a little over 800 loads weekly.  From here volume is significantly less from other areas.

Ranking third are sweet onion imports from Peru.  An equivalent of nearly 150 truck loads are arriving weekly by boat.  However, keep in mind these arrivals are scattered among a few different ports along the East Coast.  Placing fourth in volume are storage onions from upstate New York led by Orange County, although some volume is scattered from the central and western portions of the state.  Use some caution as some quality problems are being reported.

Finally, there is some very light volume coming out of the Bakersfield are of Southern California.

Columbia Basin potatoes and onions – grossing $3500 to Chicago.

Potato Shipments

Potato shipments, mostly from the Northwestern U.S. and the central U.S. are mostly moving in steady volume now.  As usual, Idaho easily leads the volume.  It is moving nearly 1600 truck load equivalents weekly, mostly from the Twin Falls, Burley areas.  Keep in mind, up to about 40 percent of this volume may be moving by rail.  Two separate shipping areas have similar potato right now.  Colorado’s San Luis Valley, as well as Washington’s Columbia Basin and the adjacent Umatillia Basin of Oregon are averaging about 675 truck loads weekly.

A number of other potato shipments are available from other parts of the nation, but in very light volume.  Among those are Western Texas (Hereford) and Eastern New Mexico; Northwest Washington, the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan, Southern California, Long Island, NY and the Klamath Basin of Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Idaho potato shipments – grossing about $5000 to New York City.

Colorado potato loadings – grossing about $2900 to Atlanta.

Wisconsin potato shipments – grossing about $950 to Chicago.




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Idaho-Oregon Onion Shipments Get Early Start

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DSCN7915Onion shipments by Idaho and eastern Oregon grower-shippers kicked off early this year.

Snake River Produce of Nyssa, OR began digging the week of August. 1, the second earliest start since at least 17 years.

Murakami Produce, Ontario, OR., began digging on  time, August 8.

A few other Treasure Valley onion growers also started digging by the week of August 8.  However, Skeen Farms in Nyssa, OR didn’t get underway until about August 17.

Some onion shippers  started later than last year, but last year was one of the earliest start on the books.  This season is proving to be more average.

Acreage will likely be up slightly in the valley as a whole this season,  but Skeen Farms’ acreage is slightly below 2015.

Yields should be about average.

Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, Idaho Falls, ID began digging onions in the Treasure Valley in light volume the week of August 1.  With some tight onion supplies, a number of operations started shipping product right way to the fresh market before moving onions into storage.

While onion acreage is up this season in the Treasure Valley, yields may end up being less from a year ago.

Owyhee Produce in Nyssa, OR started digging July 25, the company’s earliest start in 10 years.  The diggings got underway despite the company was still shipping its onions grown in California.  It did not appear to be presenting any problems, since similar to a lot of other larger operations, the company ships onions the year around.

Yields good to excellent at the beginning of the Treasure Valley season for Owyhee, after only average yields being reported at the beginning of the season.

The biggest challenge of the onion growing season in the Treasure Valley was the hot harvesting weather.  This led some crews having to harvest at night or in the early morning.

Idaho and Malheur County, OR onion shipments – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.

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