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Arkansas Tomato Shipments Starting in June; California to Ship More Oranges than Originally Thought

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IMG_6496Arkansas tomato loadings in June should start on time, while loading opportunities with late season California oranges should improve.

Tomato Shipments

For about a six-week period  each summer Arkansas is a significant shipping area for tomatoes.

While cool and wet weather may affect the size and volumes of Arkansas tomatoes, shipments should get underway on schedule around June 10th from the Hermitage area.  There also may be some quality issues early in the harvest compared to later in the season.  Loading opportunities should continue into the third week of July.  Typically the tomato mix is about 80 percent round tomatoes and the balance is with romas.

Orange Shipments

California orange shipments have suffered this season due to a devasting freeze last December.  However, the good news is the loss of navels from that event may not be as serious as originally thought.  While the culling process resulted in about a 30 percent loss of citrus, this was lower than predicted.

Still, navel shipments should be pretty much ending with May.

California valencia loadings started last month, and are expected to continue through October.

California rates have generally been edging upwards, which is to be expected this time of year with volume increases and greater demand for trucks.

Southern California citrus – grossing about $5300 to Chicago.

Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $6400 to Atlanta.





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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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Blueberry Loads Far and Wide, Plus California, E. Coast Produce

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DSCN0865Blueberry shipments in most seasons are coming from different areas of the USA and Canada, but weather factors have resulted in a lot of “blues” maturing at the same time….With other produce, California navel orange shipments will soon replace valencias….The Eastern Shore is shipping watermelons.

Blueberry Shipments

Blueberry loads have been available at the same time this year from New Jersey, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia during parts of the season.

Blueberry shipments have double over the past 20 years, not only because people love eating the fruit, but there has been countless publicity over studies touting the health benefits of “blues.”  And in typical fashion, growers see a good thing, over plant, and prices fall (which is good for produce haulers and consumers, but growers).

Orange shipments

The California valencia season should wind down in October just as the navel shipping season begins.  The navel orange crop looks slightly smaller than last year, when 90 million 40-pound cartons were trucked to markets.

East Coast

Watermelons continue to be shipped from the Delaware, Maryland, and the eastern shore of Virginia.  Melons tend to start getting ify this late in the season and quality problems can certain be cropping up if the shipping areas have had to much rain.  Just a word of caution.

Delaware/Maryland/Virginia watermelons – grossing about $2300 to Chicago.

Michigan blueberries and vegetables – about $2100 to Atlanta.


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