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Fall Shipping Update from Pumpkins to Hard Squash, Ornamentals, and Grapes

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DSCN8844Favorable weather across much of the United States is resulting in good loading opportunities for pumpkins and other fall items.  Meanwhile an update on California grape shipments shows the best is yet to come.

Pumpkins are grown in almost every state and shippers in most areas see a good crop of pumpkins and hard squash for the upcoming season. Since these items are grown in so many states, most loads are regional or local.
While pumpkins are an American Halloween tradition, good volume typically occurs after after October 31st.   Pumpkin shipments typically are brisk following Halloween as Americans prepare for Thanksgiving.
For example, Frey Farms in Keenes, Ill., started shipping its fall pumpkins the last week of August. Besides regular pumpkins, the company sells painted pumpkins as an in-and-out item and pumpkin tattoo kits – food-safe transfers that enable consumers to “paint” a pumpkin in a minute.
Van Groningen & Sons Inc. Manteca, CA starts shipping pumpkin and ornamentals around Labor Day.
Todd Greiner Farms of Hart, MI began shipping  pumpkins, squash and ornamentals in late August.
Jackson Melons Inc., of Henderson, TX will start shipping carving pumpkins right after Labor Day.
Pumpkin Pyle of Floydada, TX  is shipping pumpkins, squash and ornamentals, which will continue through until about October 20th.
California Grape Shipments
The California table grape shipments continues through the summers and by season’s end at the end of the year, maybe January, is projected at 111.4 million 19-pound boxes.
California grape  shippers loaded 108.9 million 19-pound box equivalents, about 40 percent of which was moved from May through August.  With the end of August, 60 percent of the overall crop had been shipped in 2016, but the season should last into January.
Over 85 varieties are grown in California, with the leading varieties being scarlet royal, autumn king, flame seedless, crimson seedless and sugraone.  About 93 percent of the state’s grapes are seedless.
With California grape crop in 2016, 36 percent of the fruit was exported, mostly to Canada, Mexico, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.

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Pumpkin Shipments are Down from Many Regions

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015Heavy rains should keep pumpkin shipments lighter than usual around much of the country heading into Halloween (October 31st).

For example, Mike Pirrone Produce Inc., based in Capac, MI expects just 300 loads of pumpkins to be shipped this year  This would be down from the 500 loads of pumpkins normally shipped.

West Texas pumpkin shippers have a similar story.  If the prediction of 50 percent fewer shipments this season holds, it would be the lowest production in 20 years.

At Lusk Onion Co. of Clovis, N.M., average shipments are expected, but the product is maturing in smaller sizes than usual.  The overall crop is being described as pretty average in volume, but the size is a little smaller.

There also have reports of pumpkin shippers in Indiana being particularly hit hard due to excessive spring rains.

Both North Carolina and South Carolina have taken hits in production thanks to Hurricane Joaquin and it’s drenching rains.

It’s difficult getting any current national production, or shipping numbers for pumpkins since about 40 states grow and ship the item, but mostly on a local and regional basis.

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A Look at Loadings for Pumpkins, Colorado Onions, NC Sweet Potatoes

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IMG_6548Halloween, and then Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and one big hint of those events coming are pumpkin shipments.  Those loadings have actually been going on since August in some places, but now bigger volume is taking place.

A vast majority of pumpkins are shipped relatively short distances, primarily because the item is grown in virtually every one of the lower 48 states.  Still, some pumpkins are shipped several hundred miles.

From upstate to New York down to the Carolinas a significant drop in pumpkin shipments are expected due to excessive rains.   Much better growing conditions and the resulting volume is seen from the upper Midwestern states.  New Mexico is reporting good loadings, but most destinations are to regional markets in nearby states such as Texas, Oklahoma and some to Colorado.

The five leading pumpkin shipping states are:  Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

NE Colorado Onion Shipments

Northeast Colorado onion shipments are not expected to be signficantly affected from heavy rains in the state in mid September, just some harvesting delays.  At least this is what Colorado onion shipper are saying.   Up to eight inches of rain pounded the area over a six-day period.  It is still recomended looking for possible quality problems when loading these onions coming out of storage.

Northeastern Colorado has about 2,000  to 2,500 acres of onions, which is only about 2.5 percent of total storage onions in the USA….There also are some norkotah potato shipments from this area, but no word as yet on how quality or volume may be affected.

Sweet Potato Shipments

North Carolina is the nation’s leader with sweet potato shipments.  Both the Tar Heel state, as well a loadings from other leading sweet potato states are expected to be down around 20 to 25 percent, compared to the season that recently ended.  Some other areas with significant sweet potato volume are California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Shipments are so light right now as farmers have just finished the old crop and are starting to harvest the new crop, that shipments of uncured, green sweet potatoes are taking place to meet demand.  Just make sure your receiver is aware of this.  It takes about 30 to 45 days once sweet potatoes are harvested, to be cured.  Weather issues have resulted in harvests running two to four weeks late.  Curing should be completed by late October.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2250 to New York City. 



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