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Citrus Shipments from the Nation’s Top Three States Expected to be Down

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AA1Overall citrus shipments from the nation’s three leading states are expected to be lower this season for various reasons.

California citrus shipments of navel oranges and lemons will be down this season.  It also means lighter than normal loadings towards the end of the season, and perhaps shipments ending sooner than usual.

California is expected to ship 35 million boxes of navel oranges, down 11 percent from the 2016-17 season.   While California lemon volume should remain about this same this season at about 20.5 million boxes, it will be lower than normal.

Southern California citrus – grossing about $8000 to New York City.

Florida Citrus Shipments

In Texas, grapefruit has received a lot of interest after Hurricane Irma significantly reduced volume from Florida.   Florida will probably ship about 4.65 million boxes of grapefruit, down more than 40 percent from the 2016-17 season.  Florida grower-shippers have had a tough time, with Hurricane Irma estimated to have caused at least $760 million in losses to the citrus industry there.

Shipments are down 40 percent to 55 percent depending on grove location.  Quality also has been an issue due the hurricane winds that really beat up the fruit, as well as weakening the trees.

Imports from Mexico and Morocco have resulted in Seald Sweet of Vero Beach, FL filling gaps left by Florida citrus, and the company has been bringing imported fruit into its Florida packinghouse.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods of Oviedo, FL reports its orange volume is down an estimated 29 percent, grapefruit off by 65 percent and tangerines and mandarins plunging by 80 percent.  Duda’s grapefruit shipments that usually continue into March, ended in early January.

Duda has an import program as well, including clementines from Morocco.

Texas Citrus Shipments

Texas grapefruit shipping estimates have been lowered from 5.3 million boxes to 4.1 million boxes.  Shipments are ahead of estimates, with about 56 percent of the overall crop remaining to be shipped, compared to 68 percent the same time in 2017.    Loadings by truck, however, should stay strong through the spring.

Lower Rio Grande Valley citrus – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.

 

 

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Shipping Updates: RRV Potatoes Down; CA Strawberries; Texas Citrus

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dscn8448Updated estimates continue to show fewer Red River Valley potatoes for hauling this season, plus here’s a look at California strawberry loads and Texas citrus.
Fall Potato production in North Dakota is 20.8 million hundredweight, down 25 percent from 2015, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Yield, at 325 hundredweight per acre, is down 20 hundredweight from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 64 thousand acres, is down 16 thousand acres from 2015.
 Potato production in Minnesota was 16.7 million hundredweight, up slightly from 16.2 million last year. Average yield jumped from 400 hundredweight per acre in 2015 to 430 in 2016.  40,000 acres were planted, only 1,000 acres were not harvested according to NASS. 
Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $1700 to Chicago.
California Strawberry Shipments
January rains in California may have disrupted the harvest and shipments of strawberries, but the welcome moisture should bode well in the weeks and months ahead.  Volume is building out of Ventura County leading up the popular St. Valentine’s Day, February 14th.  Oxnard shipment should continue through April.  In the meantime, light volume from the Watsonville area as well as Santa Maria will start in March.
Strawberries and vegetables from Ventura County – grossing about $6200 to New York City.
Texas Citrus Shipments
Citrus acreage in Texas is expected to increase from 27,000 acres this year to as much as 30,000 acres by next year, despite challenges like citrus greening and the Mexican fruit fly.

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.

 

 

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Citrus Shipping Outlook for Florida, Texas and California

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DSCN7158A small decrease is expected for Florida citrus shipments this season, while increases are projected for California and Texas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates in its Jan. 12 report that  Florida orange shipments will 71 million 90-pound boxes, one million less than expected in the USDA December forecast, a decrease of about 1 percent.

Loadings for midseason and navel varieties remains unchanged at 36 million boxes, but the forecast for the later valencia oranges is now 35 million, down about 3 percent from the earliered total of 36 million.  These small changes are considered normal for season to season.

The good news is observers believe the citrus industry is gaining ground on fight citrus greening disease (huanglongbing) as new trees are now being planted.

The overall forecast of 71 million boxes of Florida oranges is 13% less than last season’s production.

Florida is projected to ship 9 million 85-pound boxes of grapefruit, off about 3 percent from the December forecast, with the expectation for red grapefruit steady at 7.3 million boxes and the outlook for white down from 2 million to 1.7 million.

The projection for tangerines and tangelos in Florida was up slightly to 1.52 million boxes from 1.5 million in the December forecast.

Southern and Central Florida citrus, strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $2400 to New York City.

California Citrus Shipments

California is expected to ship 53 million 80-pound boxes of oranges, up about 5 percent from the December forecast of 50.5 million. The state is expected to ship 44 million boxes of non-valencia oranges and 9 million boxes of valencia oranges. In December, the forecast was for 42 million boxes of non-valencias and 8.5 million of valencias.

The Golden State is expected to produce 4.1 million 80-pound boxes of grapefruit, up 2.5 percent from the December prediction of 4 million.

Forecasts for lemon shipments were down nearly 5 percent in California, from 21 million 80-pound boxes to 20 million, and down nearly 14 percent in Arizona, from 1.8 million to 1.55 million.

The expectation for California  tangerines and tangelos was unchanged at 23 million boxes.

Southern California citrus, tomatoes and kiwifruit – grossing about $3900 to Chicago.

Texas Citrus Shipments

The Lower Rio Grande Valley of  Texas, should ship 1.45 million 85-pound boxes of non-valencias, up from a December projection of one million, a 45 percent increase.  The forecast for 350,000 boxes of valencias was unchanged from last month.

The USDA projected Texas production will be 5.3 million 80-pound boxes, up nearly 13 percent from the December forecast of 4.7 million.

In the last 10 seasons, the January citrus forecast for the various regions has deviated from final production by an average of 5 percent, ranging from 15 percent below production to 10 percent above production.

South Texas citrus, Mexican tropical fruit and vegetables – grossing about $2800 to Chicago.

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Fewer National Citrus Shipments Seen This Season

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dscn4665Fewer total U.S. citrus shipments are seen this season from the leading states of Florida, California and Texas.

Florida’s first forecast for citrus shipments reveals a continued decline across all varieties with grapefruit and navel oranges expected to be among the lowest levels in history.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 12th forecast Florida to ship 81 million equivalent cartons of oranges, grapefruit and specialty fruit or tangerines, down from 94.1 million boxes last season.

The Sunshine state is expected to move 70 million 90-pound cartons of oranges with navel oranges amounting 1 million cartons.  Navels are predicted to be three percent lower than last season and the lowest since the 1979-80 season when the USDA began separate navel forecasts.

Regarding grapefruit, Florida should ship 9.6 million 85-pound cartons, down 11 percent from the 2015-16 season and the lowest level in 50 years.  As for tangerines, early season fallglos, midseason sunbursts and later season honeys are forecast to decline as well.

The USDA report forecast 7.5 million boxes of red grapefruit and 2.1 million boxes of white grapefruit.

California Citrus Shipments

California orange loadings are forecast to be down from 54.2 million 80-pound cartons last season to 50.5 million cartons this season.  The state’s grapefruit shipments are forecast to increase from 3.8 million 80-pound cartons last season to 4 million cartons for 2016-17.

Texas Citrus Shipments

Texas orange shipments are seen falling from 1.7 million 85-pound cartons in 2015-16 to 1.4 million cartons this year.  With grapefruit, Texas shipments are forecast to decline from last season’s 4.8 million 80-pound cartons to 4.7 million cartons this season.

25 years ago or so , there were 30 shippers and packers of Texas grapefruit and oranges operating the Rio Grande Valley and shipment citrus across the U.S. as well as exporting.  Today, there are only three shippers.

Worldwide citrus grower are concerned about citrus greening,  the primary reason for the decline in Florida citrus volume.   In Texas,, the crops have not been affected by the disease.  However, observers point out Florida didn’t feel the decline [in volume and tree health] until the sixth year after greening was discovered.   Texas is now entering its sixth since green was discovered in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  A lot of folks are holding their breath and taking a wait and see attitude.

 

 

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Texas Citrus Shipments Should be Up Slightly This Season

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017Texas citrus shipments from the Lower Rio Grande Valley are underway.

Shipping started the first full week of October and will continue until April.  While volume is still light, it is increasing and should be “normal” heading into November.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley has about 28,000 acres of citrus trees.  With new plantings, over 30,000 of trees or expected in the next few years.  These new plantings should result in greater yields, which could mean a 10 percent increase in potential shipments over the next several years.  About eight million cartons are expected to be shipped this year.

Broken down, those eight million cartons are comprised of about 75 percent red grapefruit and 25 percent oranges.  Last year, Texas shipped about 7.8 million cartons of citrus.

Though some groves are still coming out of production, the Texas citrus industry is gaining acreage.

Two devastating freezes in the 1980s, urbanization, marketing conditions and other factors drastically reduced the number of acres devoted to citrus in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where grapefruit flourished for decades.  But in the past decade, investment in the industry has been on the rise, which has led to some consolidation and increased plantings.

Mexican fruit and vegetable imports at Pharr, Tx, plus South Texas citrus – grossing about $2400 to Chicago.

 

 

 

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Hauling Round up: From Idaho Apples to Texas Citrus, and Chilean Imports

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DSCN4527Idaho apple shipments will provide the most loading opportunities since 1999, while  Texas citrus is cranking up.  Meanwhile, bad news from Chile as a killer freeze will take its toll on imports.

Idaho certainly isn’t a Washington state, or even a New York state, or Michigan when it comes to apple shipments, but it does provide moderate loading opportunities.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Idaho has a bumper apple crop this season….Of course, as is often the case, Idaho is shipping plenty of potatoes – and needs more trucks.

What is normally thought of as a potato shipping state, has an estimated 70 million pounds of apples this year, believed to be the largest in 15 years.   With harvest winding down, yields have been great and apple quality is reported excellent, while growers are scrambling to find as many bins as possible.

Idaho’s apple harvest generally begins around the first part of September and is mostly wrapped up by the end of October, though some picking extends into November.

Idaho potatoes – grossing about $1700 to L.A.; $5700 to New York City.

Texas Citrus Shipments

Harvesting of both grapefruit and oranges out of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas is well underway. Volume has been light thus far, but shipments should increase significantly by the week of November 10th.  Good quality is reported and loadings should be available through next April.

Texas citrus – grossing about $2500 to Chicago.

Chilean Fruit Hit by Freeze

Lightning seems to have struck twice in Chile as frosts last week devastated crops in some southern growing regions, with one large producer estimating between 30-100 percent crop loss for fruits including kiwifruit, blueberries, cherries and apples.   The freeze occurred October 8-9.  We’ll keep you  updated since Chile is a primary exporter of fresh produce to the U.S., with produce arriving at ports on both coasts, particularly during the winter months.

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Wisconsin Spuds Have Started; Texas Citrus Kicks Off in September

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DSCN3871+1Central Wisconsin potato shipments got underway in light volume nearly two weeks ago, while Texas citrus shipments get underway next month.

Wisconsin typically ships up to 30 million cwt. with roughly 45 percent of the crop going to the fresh market. Excellent growing conditions in the Badger State is expected to result in good quality potatoes coming out of storages during the season. That should translate into good arrivals at destination for potato haulers.

There should be good, steady volume for Labor Day deliveries.  Steady shipments are expected to continue through Memorial Day next year and possibly through the Fourth of July — unless, of course, something weatherwise or disease wise happens between now and the completion of the current harvest.

Potatoes from the Stevens Point, WI area – grossing about $1100 to Chicago.

Texas Citrus Shipments

We are still at least six weeks away from shipments of South Texas citrus shipments for the 2014-15 season.  The season typically kicks off in late September and continues into the following May.

Last season, the Lower Rio Grande Valley had about 5 million cartons of grapefruit and about 3 million cartons of oranges shipped.

One change this seaon is the USDA has a new rule allowing smaller sizes of Texas grapefruit and oranges shipped. The size decreased from 2 6/16 inches (which is size 138 fruit per carton) to 2 3/16 inches in diameter (163 fruits per carton).

Mexican citrus, fruit and vegetables crossing through McAllen, Tx – grossing about $2600 to Chicago.

 

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South Texas Produce Shipments are Increasing, with Some Help from Mexico

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HPtxOnionsShipments of Mexican sweet onions have been crossing the border into South Texas since mid February and are about three weeks or so later than normal, due to cold weather.  The Texas 1015 sweet onion crop in the Lower Rio Grand Valley is pretty much mirroring the Mexican onions and are behind schedule as well.

The Texas 1015 onion shipments should get underway within the next week and loadings should continue through May.  The Winter Garden District just south of San Antonio should start shipping sweet onions the first week of May and continue for about eight weeks.

A number of Mexican produce loads are crossing the border in South Texas ranging from carrots to strawberries, raspberries and roma tomatoes, among other items.

Some good news on the berry front is that TransFresh Corp. of Salinas, CA is working with a warehousing facility to provide its Techtrol CO2 process for Mexican berries crossing the border.  Bagged pallets of berries with the gassing process has been found to extend the shelf life and quality of berries.  It also reduces the chances of claims relating to the quality of berries.

Texas citrus shipments led by grapefruit and oranges are moving in steady volume from the Lower Rio Grande Valley.    About 100 loads of Texas oranges are being shipped weekly.

 

South Texas and Mexican produce – grossing about $5000 to New York City.

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Florida Produce Shipments, Texas Citrus Unaffected by Recent Cold

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DSCN2868Produce crops and shipments dodged another potentially winter killing weather system in early January that produced record lows throughout the Midwest and East.  Following close scrunty of fresh produce items being grown in both Florida and Texas, it looks like things are okay, with items coming out of it unscathed.

Strawberries in the Plant City, FL area, just west of Tampa had mostly trouble with too warm weather this winter until the early January winter blast.  This time of year, the relatively small area of Florida is the biggest volume shipper of strawberries.

Floridas tomatoes  in winter also  provide a signiticant amount of loading opportunties.  The state also has light volume with a number of other mixed vegetables, plus cirus, all of which escapted unharmed.

Texas

It was a similar story in the Lone Star State.  In South Texas, some citrus-growing areas dropped to near 32 degress F., but growers really don’t worry about freezing until it’s 28 degrees F. or lower and then the temperatures need to stay there for awhile.

The cold weather is reported to actually help the Texas citrus crop, since after a mild 2012-13 winter,  Asian citrus psyllids and other pests don’t thrive as much when it’s cold.  As a result Texas citrus shipments should remain steady and on course.

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Texas Oranges, Grapefruit Moving into Volume; Florida Tomato Loadings are Down

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IMG_6428Texas citrus shipments from the Lower Rio Grande Valley have moved into good volume…..In Florida, tomato loadings are underway, but will not hit decent volume until the end of November.

In Texas, there has been a major change in citrus shipping.   Paramount Citrus of Delano, CA has acquired Rio Queen Inc. in Mission, TX and Healds Valley Farms Inc. in nearby Edinburg.

As a result, Paramount Citrus now owns 10,000 acres in the valley, plus is handling sales and marketing for 40 growers with another 10,000 acres.

About 60 to 70 percent of the Lower Rio Grande Valley citrus shipments this season will be through Paramount Citrus.  Consolidations in south Texas have been occurring for the past 25 years.  There are now just a handful or so companies that both grow and ship their own citrus.

About 85 percent of the valley’s citrus shipments are with grapefruit, with the balance being in oranges.  Total citrus shipments from south Texas this season are expected to be slightly below that of a year ago, but still will be a good sized crop.

South Texas Citrus, plus Mexican produce – grossing about $2300 to Chicago.

Florida Tomato Shipments

Due to heavy September rains, Florida mature green tomato shipments will be down by about 25 percent  from the Homestead and Palmetto-Ruskins areas.  Loadings also are taking place later than normal this year.  Shipments typically start in late October and hit volume in mid-November.  This year, however, volume shipments are not expected to begin until late November.  Florida tomatoes are shipped in 25-pound cartons.

South Florida produce shipments – grossing about $2400 to New York City.

 

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