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Most of the state’s citrus are Texas red grapefruit varieties, but there also are early and mid-season oranges, navels and valencias.
The season has been progressing smoothly and orange shipments should continue through March and possibly into April.
The firm started grapefruit in early November and expects to continue through April.
Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas grapefruit, oranges and imported Mexican vegetables and tropical fruits- grossing about $2500 to Atlanta; $2800 to Chicago and $4200 to New York City.
Red potato shipments from the Red River Valley have taken a hit for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, California pomegranate shipments are picking up.
California grower-shippers are having good shipments of pomegranates that began in mid-August. However, 80 percent or more of the crop is in the wonderful variety which starts around October 1.
Volume loadings will be down this seas as there is some movement toward other crops. Some growers are swapping out pomegranates for nut varieties viewed as being more profitable.
Slayman Marketing of Bakersfield, CA focuses on early varieties and began shipping in early August. Last year started earlier, around July 20. Simonian Fruit Co. of Fowler, CA is expecting similar shipments to a year ago. Simonian should wrap up harvesting the first half of November.
The largest shipper of the wonderful variety is Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful, which accounts for about 70 percent of California pomegranate shipments.
Strawberry volume from California’s Ventura County has picked up, but won’t be peaking until spring. Mexican strawberries from Baja California are also being loaded at San Diego packing sheds. Both areas will be shipping strawberries through June.
A heads up, if you haul Huron district head lettuce and romaine out of the San Joaquin Valley in the spring and fall. Due to water rationing, at least one major shipper will not ship this spring, and other major shipper is significantly cutting back acreage. There are some plans to attempt extending the Imperial Valley and Yuma district lettuce loadings in a attempt to make up the difference.
Southern California berries and citrus, grossing about $6500 to New York City.
Red River Valley potatoes in North Dakota and Minnesota is reporting steady shipments of red potatoes, averaging around 375 truck loads per week.
Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $1900 to Chicago.
Upstate New York apple loads are totalling about 250 truck loads weekly, while New York onion shipments are hitting around 200 loads each week.
Aroostrock County potato shipments in Maine are averaging about less than 200 truck loads weekly.
Maine potatoes – grossing about $1750 to New York City.
Chilean grapes have replaced season ending California grapes within the past week. Arrivals by boat are occurring at ports on both the East and West coasts. March and April are expected to provide the heaviest loading opportunities.
There’s also a lot of avocados and other Mexican produce crossing the border into South Texas.
Significant moisture received the first two weeks of October resulted in wet and muddy field conditions in some RRV areas, which made for difficult harvest conditions (See photo of tractor and harvestor stuck in the mud).
Red potatoes account for 98 percent of the fresh potatoes grown in the Red River Valley. Overall shipments from the North Dakota and Minnesota area is expected to be down this season, perhaps 20 percent. More on this will soon be available as the harvest is completed.
Mexican Produce Shipments
Total exports of Hass avocados from Mexico into the United States in 2012-13 were a record 517,896 metric tons, up 40 percent from the prior crop year. This topped the previous year by 26 percent. Similar volume is expected this year.
As of the first week in October, the weekly volume was up to where it had been on that date a year ago. Volume increases are seen for November and December. In all, very good volume for avocados are seen out of Mexico for the 2013-14 season. The majority of the fruit crosses the border into the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
Mexican avocados (crossing the border), plus other Mexican items and Texas citrus – grossing about $4000 to New York City.
Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $1900 to Chicago.
Washington Apple Loads
Apple shipments are really picking up from Washington state’s Yakima and Wenatchee valleys. They have finally got the old crop out the way and the focus has shifted to new season fruit. The harvest is still continuing, but volume should get heavy as we get into November.
Shipments of red potatoes out of North Dakota and Minnesota remain only light to moderate as digging still continues. The harvest of Red River Valley potatoes is about two to three weeks behind schedule, with a little over half of the spuds now in storage. Loadings should increase in the weeks ahead.
Sweet Potato Loads
Another late harvest is with North Carolina sweet potatoes. Some sweet potatoes were being shipped uncured at the start of the season, but now there has been time for curing. Sweet potatoes are not very sweet or moist when first dug. It takes six to eight weeks of proper curing and storage before they have the sweet, moist taste and texture desired when baked.
Nebraska continues to ship light amounts of potatoes, mostly from the Imperial, Neb area in the southwest part of the state, and from O’Neill in Northeast Nebraska — about 200 loads weekly combined from both areas
There’s also similar volume of potatoes coming out of what’s know as the High Plains district of West Texas, around the Herford area.
Washington state apples – grossing about $6400 to New York City.
North Carolina sweet potatoes – about $1500 to Atlanta.
North Dakota potato shipments could be off 22.6 percent this season, according to the North American Potato Market News. If this holds 5.7 million less hundredweight than in 2012 will be loaded. Blame is being placed on a cold, wet spring. Hardest hit are red potatoes for the fresh market and chip crops, with the processing potatoes closer to normal. Total US potato loads also will be off from last season.
The Red River Valley potatoes from North Dakota and Minnesota is the fourth largest spud shipping region in the country.
If predictions hold, North Dakota harvest acres could be down nearly 11 percent from last year with the average yield dropping from 300 bags per acre in 2012 down to 260 this year.
In neighboring Minnesota, it is predicted there will be a 2.7 percent increase in potato shipments, sighting close to ideal weather conditions which should push the average yield up from 400 to 410 hundredweight per acre in the state.
Additonally the Market News sees a 5.4 percent drop in shipments of fall potatoes across the U.S. North Dakota and Nebraska will have by far the largest drops in shipments on a percentage basis at 22.6% and 18.2% respectively. However the largest drop in actual shipments will occur in Idaho potato shipments projections show a drop of 14.4 million cwt. compared to last year. Idaho easily leads the nation in potato shipments every year.
If all the state projections hold true, North Dakota would drop from 4th place down to 6th place in potato shipments in 2013-14 season, and only slightly ahead of Minnesota.
The USDA will have its fall potato projections out later this month.
Big Lake, MN red potatoes – grossing about $3300 to Atlanta.
Idaho potatoes – grossing about $5500 to New York City.