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Oregon Potato Shipments Have Started; Jersey Tomatoes are in Peak Volume

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DSCN0851Very light loadings of Oregon potato shipments have started….Meanwhile, New Jersey tomato shipments are in peak volume.

The early season potato harvest in Oregon is underway pretty much on schedule from normal past years.

Harvest of Oregon potatoes will continue until November.  Plantings in the Klamath region was completed in early June, and that those potatoes are in their early stages.

About 13 percent of Oregon potato shipments are with table stock (fresh market), which is mostly russets with some reds and yellows, 7 percent chip potatoes, and the rest being processed russets or other varieties of the russet type.

Government figures show that in the region which includes Oregon, Washington and Idaho, about 65 percent of potatoes grown in those three states are exported internationally, and should once again include South Korea.

New Jersey Tomatoes

In 2017  New Jersey tomatoes were the third ranking crop in the Garden State, coming off of 4,000 acres, with shipments totaling 112 million pounds.  New Jersey annually ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. in shipments of tomatoes.

Tomato loadings are at a peak now and that peak will continue for another week or so.  However, the season will continue through October.

Growtopia of Swedesboro, NJ, was formerly known as Sorbello Farms.  It is a third-generation family-owned farm that has 900 acres, with nearly 200 acres of Jersey Fresh vegetables and features its own packing facility.  Growtopia/Sorbello Farms also grows asparagus, zucchini squash, cucumbers and Bell peppers throughout the year.  The company ships Jersey Fresh vegetables across the United States and Canada.

Growtopia Farms is located off exit #10 on route 295 or exit #2 on the NJ Turnpike.

In 2018 the company was first farm in New Jersey to implement precision spraying through unmanned drones rather than a traditional ground sprayer.  This produces a much smaller carbon footprint, a 75  percent  reduction in pesticides, and thermal imaging to aid in its scouting program.

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Vegetable Shipments are Gearing Up with New Seasons in New York, Washington, Oregon

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nyvegNew York vegetable shipments are now moving to markets, while potato loads from the new crops for Washington and Oregon will be underway soon.

It was a drought in New York last year, but too much rain this year affecting vegetable shipments.  For example, Turek Farms of King Ferry, NY has left  a few hundred of its nearly 4,000 acres unplanted this year due to excessive rains.  The company’s s corn harvest is just getting underway to be followed by cabbage, broccoli and Brussels spouts.

Torrey Farms Inc. of Elba, NY grows about 14,000 acres and faces similar issues.  Torrey also grows cucumbers, green beans, yellow squash, cabbage, onions, potatoes and winter squash.

Meanwhile,  Eden Valley Growers of Eden, NY, just got started with sweet corn, cabbage, squash, cucumbers and beans.

New York shipped sweet corn in 2016 off of 26,600 acres, amounting to 2.5 million cwt.   Corn for the fresh market made up $44.6 million of a total crop value of $53 million.  Green bean shipments last year came off of  28,300 acres, for a total of nearly 2 million cwt.

New York’s vegetable shipments extend into late November and even early December for some crops.

Washington Potato Shipments

In 2016 Washington growers planted 170,000 acres of potatoes, with acreage and volumes expected to be similar this season.  The state typically ships about 10 billion pounds of potatoes each growing season.

Potandon Produce LLC of Idaho Falls, ID, will begin shipping russet and colored potatoes out of Osceola, WA later this month, while Norm Nelson Inc., of Burlington, WA expects to start loading spuds in September.

Washington’s Columbia Basin potato shipments – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.

Oregon Potato Shipments

Oregon potato shipments for the fresh market represents nearly 13 percent of  total production in the U.S.   Similar volume of about 2.5 billion pounds is seen for the upcoming season.

Strebin Farms LLC of  Troutdale, OR will pack the old storage crop through the end of July, before starting with the new crop in early August.  In similar fashion, Amstad Produce LLC, of Sherwood, OR also expects its  new potato crop to be ready after the first week of August.  The company will be shipping red and yellow potatoes August through the end of the year out of the Willamette Valley.




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California Fall Shipping Update; Plus Oregon Potatoes

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IMG_6143+1Here’s an update on California fall produce shipments, plus a glimpse at the outlook for Oregon potato shipments.

Among the leading items for fall produce loadings out of California are grapes, apples and citrus.

Grape Shipments

California ships over 60 percent of its table grapes after September 1st.  Total California grape shipments this season are estimated at 113.3 million 19-pound boxes.  So far grape quality has generally been good.  However, we need to keep an eye on hot, humid and occasional rainy weather that could adversely affect quality.

San Joaquin Valley grapes and other items – grossing about $6700 to New York City.

Apple Shipments

California gala apple shipments got off to a slow start in mid July mainly because of Washington state’s old crop still being shipped.  Loadings have now picked up.  Fujis and granny smith apples shipments get underway in September, followed by pink lady in mid October.  Primavera Marketing Inc., of Stockton, CA is the state’s largest apple shipper, with about 1.1 million boxes.  The state’s apple shipments have taken a hit, however, with Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA, pulling out of the apple business following a listeria outbreak at its packing facility.  The company, which packed about 400,000 boxes of apples, is now focusing on other crops.

Citrus Shipments

California navel shipments should start in mid-October, although volume will be down this season due to 20,000 to 25,000 acres of trees being dozed because of the drought.  For easy-peel fruit, satsumas will starte ahead of navels, in late September or early October.v Clementine loadings start soon after navels.  Volumes should be up as younger trees come into production.

Oregon Potato Shipments

Oregon fresh potato shipments are expected to be similar to the 2014-15 season.

However, excessive heat could change spuds as the harvest progresses, especially if vines start dying early.

The table stock harvest started in early August from the Columbia Basin, with harvest in the Klamath Basin following shortly thereafter.

Oregon fresh potato shipments are 17 percent of total state production, with fresh acreage being approximately 7,000 acres.

Oregon potatoes – grossing about $4300 to Chicago.

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Washington Blueberry Shipments Soar; Plus Updates on Other Western Shipping States

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DSCN3296+1There has been a tremendous increase in Washington state blueberry shipments in recent years.  We’ll also look at some potato loading opportunities in the Western half of the United States.

Washington Blueberry Shipments

Blueberry shipments have increased nearly five-fold over the past eight years.  Check out these numbers.

2006    18.4 million pounds

2007    28.5 million pounds

2010    60 million pounds

2013     80 million pounds

2014    projected at 90 million pounds

Washington is fourth in U.S. blueberry production with 10,000 acres of berries from 175 growers   The state’s blueberry season runs from June through August while processed ‘blues’ are available year round.   Washington blueberries are grown in Skagit, Clark, Lewis, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom, Chelan, Yakima and Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Grant Counties.

Washington/Oregon potatoes

The majority of Washington potato shipments  are now underway with a similar time frame  as last year.

Oregon potato shipments will suffer due to an expected a decline of  about 700 acres this season,  but water concerns will likely affect even more shipments.   Water availability is a concern in both Malheur County and the Klamath Basin,  and yields most likely will be affected.

Colorado Potato Shipments

In southeastern Colorado, San Luis Valley potato acreage is up 8.5 percent this season.  Total acreage is  54,200, compared to 49,700 last season.  The harvest and shipments will start in earnest around September 10th.

Colorado potatoes – grossing about $1650 to Dallas.

Washington produce – grossing bout $1050 to Los Angeles.

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