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Looking around the nation, here are a number of active produce shipping areas ranging from Kentucky and Tennessee to Georgia, South Carolina, and California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Although they are a couple of weeks late, shipments of vegetables from Kentucky and Tennessee are underway.
Just want you to know though, most of these loadings are only to regional, if not local markets. Items range from beans to cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and a few peaches.
Loadings occur at shipping operations in such Tennessee towns as Lebanon (near Nashville), Crossville (about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and Rutledge in Northeastern Tennessee.
California Produce Shipments
California pear shipments from the Sacramento River District are just getting underway this week. Shipments from Mendocino County will get started around August 4th, followed by Lake County about August 11th.
Total Bartlett pear volume should hit about 2.6 million cartons, down from 2.9 million a year ago. About 500,000 cartons of other pear varieties also will be shipped led by the boscs variety.
California Grape Shipments
Table grapes from the Arvin District in the Bakersfield are picking up in volume as the new season for the San Joaquin Valley heads towards good volume.
California’s San Joaquin Valley has been shipping moderate amounts of peaches for a few weeks and is averaging about 425 truckloads per week.
Meanwhile, in the Southeast, peach shipments are building and will hit a peak very soon in Georgia (Fort Valley area), as well as South Carolina (primarily from shippers in an area south of Columbia).
San Joaquin Valley fruit – grossing about $6900 to Atlanta.
Here’s a shipping update from various areas across the country, where there should be some loading opportunities. Here’s also a cautionary note about some splitting of Oregon cherries due to recent rains.
California Tomato Shipments
Vine ripe tomato shipments from the Oceanside, CA area have started, with romas to get underway in August. Both types of tomato shipments will continue through November.
Arkansas Tomato Shipments
A lot of tomato shipping areas around the country claim to ship home grown quality tomatoes, but consumers certainly know the difference. This season, there’s certainly an exception. Haul Produce is referring to vine ripe tomatoes from Arkansas. This beautiful, tasty product is currently being shipped from the Hermitage area and will continue through July.
New Jersey peach shipments get underway within the next week or so and should yield 30,000 tons to 35,000 tons of fruit from the state’s 5,500 acres of trees. Peach loadings will remain available through most of September.
Northwest Cherry Shipments
A monthly record of 10.3 million boxes of cherries were shipped from the region in June. The volume was more than double the June 2012 tally of 4.7 million boxes — part of that year’s record crop….Rainfall in the last week of June has resulted in some splitting of Oregon cherries, but damage varied by grower. So use caution and pay attention to what is being loaded on your truck. It could save you a claim or rejected load. The amount of damage to cherries is estimated a about 10 percent of the fruit being lost.
These items, primarily peaches, plums and nectarines – and to a lesser extent apricots – play a key role every spring and summer in determing how high produce rates will go out of California.
Early indications point to average volume for stone fruit this season – at the very best. Before it is over, total shipments could be below average.
Peach shipments started the third week of May, followed a week later by plums and nectarines. Most California stone fruit loadings occur during a 90-day period spread out between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The San Joaquin Valley really gets humping as we enter July when table grape shipments crank up. Grapes seems to be one of the few crops in recent years that have had record setting volume.
Stone fruit – grossing about $5200 to Chicago.
The Southeast had its second-wettest January through July on record. South Carolina has had more rain at this point in the year than in almost 50 years. Some South Carolina shippers have lost up to 25 percent of their peach crops.
Georgia has seen the heaviest rains, about 40 percent more than usual at this point in the year. Peach growers in the Fort Valley, GA area got lucky and escaped most of the excessive rains, with peach shipments all but over for the season.
If you haul Georgia pecans, loadings could be seriously affected this fall and winter. Pecan scab disease affects stem, leaf and nut growth, causing reduced yields — and loading opportunities. The disease is extremely susceptible to moisture.
Further south in Georgia, around Tifton and on towards the Florida state line, there has been tremendous amounts of rain. The regions has had 55 to 62 inches since the first of the year compared to about 17 inches this time a year ago. As result, fall vegetable shipments could be off significantly.
Specifically, this could hurt loadings of bell peppers, cantaloupe, broccoli, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Summer is here and that means opportunities for produce loads are available not only in California, but pretty much coast-to-coast. Not only the West Coast, but in Idaho, Colorado, and on the East Coast.
For example, peach shipments have moved into good volume from the Fort Valley area of Georgia, as well as from South Carolina. SC shippers are located primarly south of Columbia.
New Jersey is shipping blueberries, and soon there will be mixed veggies and peaches to haul.
Georgia continues to ship Vidalia onions, with the good news being the quality problems early the season are pretty much out of the way. At the same time, southern Georgia now has good volume with mixed vegetables. Watermelons are still being shipped from the northern half of Florida, and are now getting started in Georgia.
In Colorado, the San Luis Valley is shipping about 750 truck loads of potatoes a week. However, the big spud volume, as always is Idaho, where around 1750 truck load equivelants are moving to market each week – although a fair amount is being loaded onto the rails.
Imports of citrus from Chile, South Africa and Australia will begin arriving at USA ports in early July and provide good volume through August….Mexican avocados should be providing heavy crossings into the USA this summer and into the fall.
California Produce Loads
In California, between the Watstonville district and Santa Maria an estimated 1300 truck loads of strawberries are being shipped weekly. Add to this, Salinas vegetables and San Joaquin Valley stone fruit, tomatoes, veggies and other items – and they don’t call California the nation’s bread basket, or is it produce basket, for nothing.
Idaho potatoes – grossing about $1500 to L.A.
Salinas Valley produce – about $9000 to Boston.
Colorado spuds – about $1700 to Dallas.
Georgia vegetables – about $3300 to New York City.