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Strong Shipments are Seen for Nuts, Prunes and Dates

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Shipping increases are seen this season for almonds, pistachios and prunes, while declines are forecast for pecans and walnuts.

Almond Shipments

2019 California almond crop shipments are initially predicted to be 2.5 billion pounds, with volume to be 9.6 percent above the 2.28 billion pounds of the previous year, according to the USDA.

Bearing acreage for 2019 is forecast at a record high of nearly 1,2 million acres. Forecasted yield is 2,140 pounds per acre, 2.4 percent higher than the 2018 yield of 2,090 pounds per acre. 

Blue Diamond Growers of Sacramento, CA, which specializes in almonds, expressed optimism over the new shipping season as the harvest wraps up this month.

Pistachio volume hit about 986.7 million pounds for the 2018-19 marketing year, which was up 64.4 percent from a year earlier, according to the USDA. 

The Wonderful Co of Los Angeles expects this new season to be a normal off-year with California volume down 200 to 250 millions pound from the past year. The company’s pistachio harvest runs from September to August each year.

The year ending August 3st was a record on-year crop, with good quality.

Pecan Shipments

U.S. pecan volume from October 2018 to September 2019 was about 221.2 million pounds, on a utilized in-shell basis, down 27 percent from the previous year, on overall reduced bearing acreage and lower yields.

Production is down across all 8 reported pecan-producing states, with the biggest losses in big producers, Georgia and Texas. Hurricane Michael in October 2018 affected Georgia production.

In other states, pecan production declines were down due to “off-year” production in an alternate-bearing cycle.

Walnut Shipments

The 2019 walnut crop is estimated at 630,000 tons — down 6.8 percent from 2018’s crop of 676,000 tons. 

Walnut bearing acreage continued to trend upward, with 15,000 new acres coming into production this year, for a total of 365,000 bearing acres.

Prune Shipments 

The 2019 California prune crop is forecast at 110,000 tons, up 38 percent from the previous 80,000 tons forecast in 2018.  California ships 99 percent of U.S. prunes. Prune plums are harvested in August, but prunes are available year-round.

Date Shipments

Atlas Produce and Distribution of Bakersfield, CA reports the date crop in California endured a “cooler-than-normal” spring and summer, but this is not expected to affect volume. Harvest was completed this month and the company packs and ships the year around.

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Eastern Produce Shipments from Georgia, NC, MI and New York

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They may not necessarily be truck loads, but at least partial loads should be available in a number of Eastern produce shipping areas, ranging from the deep south, to New York and Michigan.

Georgia Produce Shipments

004Southern Georgia should ship around 110-120 million pounds of pecans this year, making it one of the best seasons in the last three years.  Georgia is No.1 in U.S pecan shipments…..Elsewhere in South Georgia are a number of vegetables being shipped, but it is light volume with only partial loads available.  For example, about 75 truck load equivalents of beans are being loaded weekly.  There also is light, but increasing volume with items ranging from peppers to eggplant and greens.

North Carolina Produce Shipments

Eastern North Carolina sweet potato shipments are currently your best bet in the Tar Heel state.  About 250 truck loads per week are being loaded….Meanwhile the cabbage harvest has just started, with very light loadings just getting underway.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2500 to New York City.

New York Produce Shipments

The Hudson Valley provides the majority of apple shipments, although there is lighter volume from other parts of the state including central and western New York.  All total, New York apple shipments are averaging a little over 300 truck loads per week….Cabbage shipments from central and western areas are averaging about 225 truck loads weekly.  Storage onions, primarily from Orange County, are amounting to around 150 truck loads per week.

New York cabbage – grossing about $1200 to Boston.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Not much going on here.  Your best bet is with apples, primarily from the Grand Rapids area. Michigan is averaging about 250 truck loads weekly.  There also very light volume with storage onions.

Michigan apples – grossing about $3400 to Orlando.



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