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Normal, On-Time Produce Shipments Seen in Carolinas

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South Carolina produce shipments are underway in light volume and North Carolina isn’t far behind.

Grower Network of Lake Park, GA markets fresh produce from the Carolinas and notes shipments usually peak in mid-June for South Carolina and mid-July for North Carolina with volume increasing 3 to 5 percent, which is typical,

In 2019, North Carolina produced 2.2 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, 37.5 million pounds of blueberries, 185 million pounds of cucumbers, 190 million pounds of watermelon, 61 million pounds of bell peppers, 64 million pounds of summer squash, and almost 80 million pounds of pumpkins, according to the USDA.

In 2019, South Carolina produced 127.5 million pounds of peaches, 161.3 million pounds of watermelon, according to the USDA statistics service.

Titan Farms of Ridge Spring, SC is the premier grower, packer and shipper of over 2.4 million boxes of fresh peaches and vegetables annually. Peak loadings of Titan peaches are occurring from June 15 to July 12.

South Carolin’s strawberry shipments have finished and now the state’s top-producing crops for late spring and summer: blueberries, peaches, melons, leafy greens, tomatoes and green onions are getting underway,

South Carolina peach shipments have been ongoing for over a month and loadings should last through August.

L&M Cos., Raleigh, N.C., will have increase shipments for summer because of more volume at its North Carolina and New Jersey farms. Squash loadings started in late May.

The shipper began moving South Carolina cucumbers nearly two weeks agos and will start shipping yellow potatoes around June 20 and North Carolina watermelons July 5.

L&M has vegetable farms in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey to offer product for longer windows of time, before and after the Carolina seasons.

Coosaw Farms, Fairfax, S.C., ships over 2 million pounds of conventional and organic blueberries a year, and this year shouldn’t be different,

Watermelon is the other big crop for Coosaw Farms. Along with the larger-sizing crop from Florida, watermelons grown in South Carolina should be shipping through July.

Jackson Farming Co. of Autryville, N.C., is planting more sweet potato acreage for the upcoming season. The company’s first harvest on seedless and seeded watermelons is estimated for the last week of June, with seedless through the end of September and seeded through mid-August. Cantaloupe should run mid-June to mid-August, and honeydews the first week of July through the first week to middle of August.

Pumpkins at the company’s Edenton, Ennice, Sparta and Autryville farms will be planted in July with harvest from September through mid-October.

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Widespread Panic! SE Blueberries, Peaches, other Crops Clobbered by Freeze

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DSCN9012More details are becoming available on that mid March hard freeze that hit crops from North Carolina to Southern Georgia.  Spring produce shipments from the Southeast will definitely be affected.

Georgia Blueberry Shipments

That March 15-17 freeze could reduce Georgia blueberry shipments by as much as 75 percent this spring, costing the industry $400 million.  At best, there is hope “only” 60 percent of the crop was lost, but it could easily be higher in the south-central areas of Georgia, which is heart of blueberry production.

In this area, covering about 50 miles,  60 to 70 percent of Georgia’s blueberry crop is located.  Some farmers have lost 100% of their early production rabbiteye crop.  Temperatures in the area dropped to as low as 21 degrees for three nights in a row in mid-March.

Georgia Peach Shipments

Georgia peach orchards, primarily located in the Ft. Valley area, may have faired better than blueberries.  Shipments may be reduced by “only” 40 to 50 percent.  The lack of chill hours in middle Georgia had delayed the budding process.  Now those buds are emerging, but growers now have to take a wait and see approach.  Because the peaches were so late, it may have protected the crop.

Still,  later on, there’s what is called the “May drop,” where any damaged peaches could start falling from trees.

Vidalia Onion Shipments

Escaping freeze damage was the Vidalia sweet onion crop.  Shippers are still making normal plans for the official April 12 opening shipping date.  It is described as one of the best crops in years.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Freeze damage to Georgia vegetables is all over the board.  Bell peppers and other summer vegetables will be lost, while others veggie are expected to be slowed, but not fatally harmed by the weather.  It will be awhile before accurate information is available…..As for Georgia watermelon shipments, there is believed to be some losses, but it should be relatively minor.

North Carolina Fruit Shipments

There is widespread damage to peaches and blueberry crops, but little specific information is available at this time.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

We’ll have a report on Monday, March 27th regarding South Carolina, which actually ships more peaches than Georgia or North Carolina in a normal season.




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Produce Shipments from the Carolinas are Underway

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IMG_6576Both South Carolina and North Carolina are expecting normal shipments of vegetables this summer, despite a a cold and wet spring that delayed plantings on some vegetables.  Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in South Carolina on May 10, drenched fields in both states and further delayed production of some vegetables.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

Up coming shipments on sweet corn, cabbage, squash, greens, cilantro, parsley, beets, leeks and eggplant look favorable.  South Carolina squash loadings started in mid-May, while sweet corn shipments should start next week.

WP Rawl, Pelion, S.C., and Clayton Rawl Farms in Lexington, S.C. are two of the state’s largest vegetable shippers.

South Carolina peach shipments continue, while watermelons will be coming on the latter part of June.

North Carolina Produce Shipments

Cabbage shipments will not get underway until the latter part of June, or early July a week or more later than normal.

Cabbage loadings typically have a gap between the start of coastal production near Elizabeth City, N.C., and the mountain region production near Mount Airy, N.C..  However, this season both shipping areas are expected to start at about the same time.  One of the state’s largest cabbage shippers is Hollar & Greene Produce Co. Inc. in Boone, N.C.

North Carolina usually begins sweet corn shipments a week later than Georgia.  North Carolina expects to start loading about June 1st….Squash shipments have just started, while potatoes should get underway around June 15-20.   Potato acreage remains at 17,000 acres and the state plans to ship red, white and yellow potatoes through late July.

Eastern North Carolinas continues to ship sweet potatoes entering the last couple of months of the season.

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



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SC Peach Shipments will Continue into Sept.; Wisconsin Cranberry Loadings Start Soon

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HpblueTk1+1South Carolina produce peaches and vegetable loadings continue.   We also take a look a upcoming Wisconsin cranberry shipments.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

There is good volume peach shipments  from South Carolina that finally got going in July and will continue with nice volume through August, although a seasonal decline will begin soon.  Loadings, however will continue into September.

South Carolina, despite being a small state (41st in size among the 50 states), ranks high in produce shipments.  It is the nation’s second-largest shipper of peaches, behind California, and ahead of Georgia.  South Carolina places in the top 10 for truck loadings of leafy greens, cantaloupe, peanuts, watermelons, tomatoes, mixed vegetables and sweet potatoes.

South Carolina peaches and vegetables – grossing about $3400 to New York City.

Wisconsin Cranberry Shipments

Cranberrries have experienced a 57 percent increase in shipments nationwide from 2002 to 2013.  As a result, poor prices are resulting from too much fruit for the amount of demand.  Many U.S. growers are struggling to create new markets to absorb a growing oversupply of the tiny tart berries grown in marshes.   Wisconsin is at the center of the glut.  Between 2012 and 2013, Wisconsin had a 25 percent boost in production, a record-breaking harvest of 6 million barrels of cranberries.  The state produced 67 percent of all cranberries harvested in the United States in 2013, marking the 19th consecutive year as the country’s leader in cranberry shipper.

Central Wisconsin cranberry shipments will be starting in mid September in light volume.  Heaviest volume occurs as we enter November leading up to Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th).


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South Carolina will be Later than Normal on Items Ranging from Vegetables to Peaches

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GAtks0314 018Spring South Carolina produce shipments  are taking place, although the main volume is still ahead in the weeks and months to come.  However, it is not going to be a normal, or typical year for shipments due to weather factors.

South Carolina peaches rank second in volume nationally, however a freeze wiped out the early season peaches.  While there will be limited volume in June, it will July and August before there are significant peach shipments.

South Carolina Vegetable Shipments

The state also ranks in the top six in the nation for leafy green, cantaloupe and watermelons, while placing eighth in cumber volume.

It has been cooler longer than normal in South Carolina slowing the 0growth of vegetables, plus some crops had to be replanted due to the earlier freezing conditions.  More recent warmer weather has crops trying to catch up.   The state ships produce throughout the year.   Currently, South Carolina vegetable loadings range from leafy greens, to more limited amounts of broccoli and asparagus.

Among the early season summer items to start shipping in the next month or so are watermelons, cabbage and early summer vegetables, plus blueberries.

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A Produce Shipping Update from North and South Carolina…..

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DSCN0481Summer produce shipments continue from the Carolinas, but some items are winding down, while others still have a ways to go before seasonally ending.

Southern South Carolina shipments of peaches and watermelons are running later than usual due to the cold, wet spring.  Loadings are expected to continue until around Labor Day.  You”ll still find some mixed vegetables in moderate volume coming out of South Carolina, particularly with shippers just south of the state capital of Columbia.

Peach shipments currently are at a peak in South Carolina and will remain so for a couple of more weeks.  Volume will then decline, but shipments are expected through Labor Day.   Watermelon shipments are on the final leg of the season. 

Georgia peach volume is on the decline, while New Jersey volume is just getting underway and remains light.

While South Carolina watermelon volume is light and on the decline, North Carolina melons are increasing in volume….In the Western region of North Carolina a new season has started with tomatoes, with light to moderate volume….Potato shipments from the Elizabeth City area of North Carolina are on in a seasonal decline.

North Carolina sweet potato shipments are lighter than normal for the old crop that is finishing up.  Loadings for the new sweet crop are still a few weeks away.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $1500 to Atlanta.

North Carolina watermelons – about $2300 to New York City.


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