Posts Tagged “South Carolina vegetable shipments”

Hurricane Clobbers North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

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dscn4297Produce trucking sweet potato loads could be affected significantly for the 2016-17 shipping season due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.   Loading opportunities this fall for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will be impacted much less, although volume from these three states is limited this time of year.

Southeast produce growers are estimating damage from Hurricane Matthew which hugged coastal Florida and Georgia before slamming into South Carolina and North Carolina, where it flooded fields and caused evacuations

North Carolina Sweet Potato Shipments

Around 40 to 45 percent of the sweet potato harvest had been dug when the storm dumped up to 18 inches of rain October 6 – 9 during the middle of the North Carolina harvest.

There is little doubt North Carolina sweet potato shipments were hit pretty hard, and significant losses will occur, but the bottom line is  it will take days, if not week to assess the damage.  Earlier this week many roads remained impassible with a lot of farmland remaining underwater  as river levels were still rising in some areas.

Besides sweet potatoes, the Tar Heel state also grows and ships cabbage, greens and a variety of fall vegetables including bell peppers, cucumbers and squash.

South Carolina Vegetable Shipments

The South Carolina received 8-18 inches of rain and growers and state officials are assessing damages.  However, South Carolina isn’t a significant player in vegetable shipments this time of the year, although it does have leafy greens are grown in small acreage in the flooded areas east of Columbia.  There also are crops grown in sandy soils of the interior growing regions that should fair okay.

South Carolina’s peach shipments were completed in September,  but there are cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and watermelons grown closer to the Atlantic Coast.  There are expected to have damage.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

Most of Georgia’s southern vegetables are grown in the south-central part of the state, but are believe to have escaped serious damage.  As for the 2017 Vidalia onion crop that starting shipping in April, the area had up to six inches of rain resulting in minor damage to Vidalia onion seed beds, which are planted for the spring harvest.

Some Vidalia onion shippers lost power for about 10 hours.  The electricity runs coolers for their imported Peruvian onions but no damage was reported.

Florida Produce Shipments

Little or no damage was reported with Florida vegetables or citrus.

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Looking at East Coast Produce Shipments from Maine to Georgia

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DSCN3245+1Relating to produce shipments originating on the East Coast this time of year, Florida deservedly is receiving the most attention as vegetable volume is rapidly increasing.  However, this is more of a report on other Eastern areas that are shipping.

If you want more info on Florida vegetable shipments, there have been a few recent posts that go into more detail, plus an update is coming this Wednesday, April 1st – and this is not an April fool’s joke!

New York Produce Shipments

The state’s biggest volume is with storage onions, most of it coming out of Orange County. averaging about 125 truck loads per week…..The next biggest mover is with apples coming out of the Hudson and Champlain Valleys, as well Central and Western areas of the state.  New York is a leading cabbage shipper, but volume is now in a seasonal decline.

Hudson Valley apples – grossing about $3100 to Orlando.

Maine Potato Shipments

Aroostrook County in northern Maine is shipping about 150 truck loads of potatoes weekly.

Maine potatoes – grossing about $1400 to Boston.

Appalachian Apple Shipments

Volume is light, but apples are being loaded in the district comprised of portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

North Carolina Sweet Potato Shipments

With Easter closing in on April 5th, sweet potato shipments from the Eastern areas of the state are increasing, now surpassing 300 truck loads per week.

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

South Carolina Vegetable Shipments

There certainly are not any truck loads here, but the Lexington area has very light volume with greens and green onions.

Georgia Vegetable Shipments

From Southern Georgia there are light shipments of broccoli, carrots and greens.



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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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