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Trucks Remain Tight, Rates Higher in Many Western U.S. Produce Shipping Areas

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A18As produce rates remain higher than normal for this time of the year and equipment and drivers are in short supply, here is a round up of several active shipping areas in the Western half of the United States.

At Nogales, watermelons crossing the border from Mexico are providing the heaviest volume as many winter vegetable items are nearing the end of a season.  Over 800 truck loads of Mexican melons are being shipped weekly and volume is still increasing.  Mexican tomato shipments are exceeding 600 truck loads a week, with a similar amount of cucumbers.  A big crop of Mexican table grapes will be crossing the border in good volume within a couple of weeks….Lettuce from the Yuma area is quickly coming to a seasonal end.

Mexican produce through Nogales – grossing about $3600 to Chicago.

California produce shipments

Salina Valley vegetables lead by broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce are in light, but increasing volume.  It will help test the ability of the produce trucking industry to supply the equipment and drivers necessary when the Salinas Valley hits full stride in May, along with fruits and vegetables from the San Joaquin Valley. There’s not numbers yet, but the valley’s stone fruit volume is expected to be down significantly from weather factors.  Kern County carrots are averaging over 400 truck loads per week.  Many other items will be available for loading in the coming weeks.

Northwest Produce Shipments

As usual Washington apples are the volume leader averaging over 3000 truck load equivalents per week…..Washington’s Columbia Basin and the adjacent Oregon Umatilla Basin are shipping nearly 700 truck loads of onions weekly and about 375 truck loads of potatoes….Meanwhile Idaho is shipping in excess of 1900 truck load equivalents of potatoes weekly.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $4000 to Dallas.

Texas Produce Shipments

Mexican avocados and watermelons continue to cross the border at Pharr in heavy volume. Mexican tropical fruits such as mangoes are increasing, as are Mexican tomatoes.  Mexican sweet onions continue being imported, but its season will be winding down and sweet onions grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley are increasing.

Mexican produce through South Texas – grossing about $5800 to New York City.

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A Fall Shipping Update from Several Key U.S. Produce Areas

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DSCN4898In typical fall fashion here are some of the better loading opportunities from four important produce U.S. shipping states.


While apple shipments may not set a record this season, plenty will be available for hauling as another big crop is forecast.  Last season harvest was so huge, believe it or not, some shippers are still loading “old” apples from last season.  That’s okay, if your receiver is aware of it.  Just make sure they know what is being loaded.  Nearly 1800 truckload equivalents of apples are being loaded weekly primarily from the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys.  Around 400 truckload equivalents of Washington pears are being shipped as well, with the best volume yet to come.

Idaho and Oregon

Another big crop of Idaho potatoes will be shipped between now and late next summer.  Nearly 1600 truckload equivalents of primarily russet potatoes are being loaded weekly from the four primarily Idaho shipping areas lead by the Idaho Falls area.

Western Idaho and Malhuer County Oregon are shipping over 600 truckloads on storage onions per week.   Last winter a number of onion storage sheds and other buildings were heavily damaged in Nyssa and Ontario, Oregon due to two separate winter storms, but adequate facilities appear to be in place for the new shipping season.

South Texas Produce Shipments

Literally dozens of tropical fruits and vegetables are crossing the border from Mexico at Pharr, Texas, but a majority of the are in light volume at this point.  Vine ripe tomatoes are perhaps providing the heaviest volume with about 500 truckloads per week.  Limes may be among the heavier volume tropical fruits with nearly 350 truckloads weekly.

Many Mexican items are just getting underway and in the coming weeks will provide better hauling opportunities ranging from strawberries to raspberries, honeydew, papayas and pineapples among others.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley grapefruit harvest is barely underway with good volume arriving in November.


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A Produce Shipping Smorgasbord – Part II

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DSCN7617A week ago you were presented a smorgasbord of produce hauling opportunities from around the county.  Well, here’s Part II ranging from Mexican crossings into the Lower Rio Grand Valley of Texas to Northwest blueberry loadings, Wisconsin potatoes – and more.

South Texas Produce Shipments

Mexican produce shipments crossing the border into Pharr, Tx cover a lot of items ranging from citrus to tropical fruit and vegetables.  However, no one item has real heavy volume at this time.  Among the heaviest volume commodities are: avocados hitting about 675 truck loads per week, but volume is increasing; mangos with about 500 truck loads a week and limes at about 450 trucks load each week.

Around 550 truck loads of vine ripe, as well roma tomatoes are crossing the border weekly.

There’s also many other products coming into South Texas, but in much lighter volume ranging from lemons to papayas, broccoli, carrots and cucumbers.

Mexican produce crossing into South Texas – grossing about $2400 to Chicago.

Wisconsin Potato Shipments

Loadings of the old 2015-16 russet potato crop had in a fast seasonal decline.  Meanwhile, the central part of the state has just started shipping a few of the 2016-17 potato crop, but we’re another month of so away of good volume.

Northwest Blueberry Shipments

Blueberry shipments are increasing from both Oregon and Washington state, as well as from British Columbia.

Washington Apple Shipments

The consistent item in the Northwest is typically apples, especially since Washington easily lead the nation in apple shipments.  Even though it is very late in 2015-16 shipping season, Washington is still average over 650 truckloads each week.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $4600 to Dallas.

Watermelon Shipments

A week ago we cover Midwest watermelon hauling opportunities, here are some more.

California’s central San Joaquin Valley is moving around 350 truck loads per week.  On the east coast, North Carolina may be your best bet loading around 230 trucks loads of watermelons a week.

Both eastern Texas and western Oklahoma combing to ship nearly 500 trucks of watermelons per week.



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Selected Produce Shipments from Across the Country

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DSCN6956 Produce shipments should start returning to more normal movement now that we are past the holidays and receivers are starting to replenish their stocks.  Here’s a look at produce shipping from several areas around the country.

Western Lettuce Shipments

Lettuce shipments, led by Iceberg and romaine are originating primarily out of the Yuma district of Arizona.  Other leading items are celery, broccoli and cauliflower, although cold weather has cut into volume.  Loadings are much lighter from the California desert, primarily from the Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley and Palo Verde.

Apple Shipments

Washington’s Yakima and Wenatchee valleys are averaging bout 2500 truckloads per week.  New York state, led by the Hudson Valley, is shipping about 250 truckloads weekly.  Michigan is third in volume about 175 trucks per week.

Washington apple shipments – grossing about $4500 to Dallas.

Texas Produce Shipments

Overall, it’s still relatively light for produce items here.  This is light to moderate shipments of grapefruit and oranges from the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  The is better volume of Mexican tropical fruits and vegetables crossing the border.

South Texas citrus and Mexican produce freight rates were up 15 to 20 percent during the holidays, depending on the destination; for example, grossing about $2900 to Atlanta.  Rates could drop with the holidays past us.

East Coast Produce Shipments

Pretty slim pickin’s over all.  If you’re coming out of Florida with a partial load, there’s very light volume of cabbage and greens being shipped from Southern Georgia…Eastern North Carolinas is loading sweet potatoes in moderate volume….Dry onion shipments are coming out of Orange County, NY.  Partial loads of cabbage are coming out of central and western New York.  Apples are available from the Hudson Valley, Champlain Valley, plus central and western areas….Aroostrock County, Maine has light volume with potatoes.

North Carolina sweet potato shipments – grossing about $3000 to Boston.




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Midwestern Produce Shipments: Looking at Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin

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IMG_2628Here are some produce loading opportunities from the Central and Mountain time zones.

Texas Produce Shipments

Most Texas produce loadings are coming out of the Lower Rio Valley, much of which is Mexican product crossing the border at McAllen.  Watermelon shipments continue from South Texas, and starting to come out Central areas of the Lone Star State.  Caution is advised as there are reports of variable quality….Meanwhile tropical fruit items ranging from mangos to avocados among other are crossing the border from Mexico.  There’s also light volume with a number Mexican vegetables ranging from broccoli to various kinds of peppers.

South Texas/Mexican produce – grossing about $2700 to Chicago.

Colorado Produce Shipments

The old crop of russet potatoes continues to be shipped out the San Luis Valley, as growers and shippers gear up for the new season harvest.  Colorado is still shipping nearly 600 truck loads of potatoes weekly….Western slope Colorado peach and pear loadings have just started within the past week, continuing through most of September….Sweet corn shipments get underway this week and lasting through September….Cantaloupe shipments start about August 1st.

Colorado potatoes – grossing about $2300 to Chicago.

Wisconsin Produce Shipments

Shipments of russet potatoes from Central Wisconsin remain light to moderate as the season gradually winds down.  Diggings of the new crop of red potatoes is just getting underway.



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Texas Shipments Gaining on Calif; Vidalia Volume is Down

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DSCN5899Texas appears to be gaining ground on California when it comes to fresh produce shipments…..In Georgia, Vidalia onion shipments apparently will be down overall as product is now coming out of storage.

Texas produce shipments are becoming ever more important when it comes to spot rates for refrigerated loads.  This appears to be due to increased fruit and vegetable production in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, plus more imports than ever from Mexico, as well as shift in demand from California in part because of the prolonged drought.

Although California had regained the top spot in late June, Texas volumes in the spot refrigerated freight market has surpassed California for the first time in early June, according to Mark Montague, manger of industry pricing for DAT Solutions.

Lower Rio Grande Valley watermelons and Mexican produce crossing the border – grossing about $2700 to Chicago.

Vidalia Onion Shipments

Vidalia onion shipments will be down as much as 40 percent this season for some shippers.  Whether the reduction is due to excessive rains, or spring weather having too hot of temperatures, opinions vary.  But shipments will be down, it’s just a matter of how much, since some shippers appear to have been hit harder than others.  Vidalia onions are now being shipped out of storage, which can be “ify” some years when adverse weather or disease creates quality issues.

Southeastern Georgia Vidalia onions, as well as Southern Georgia bell peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, watermelons and squash – grossing about $3000 to New York City.



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Watch for Quality Problems with South Texas Produce Loads

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DSCN3303The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas has had over 60 inches of rain since last August, more than it normally get in four years.  If that doesn’t result in significant reductions in produce volume and quality problems, then it will be a miracle.

Texas Produce Shipments

Being the eternal optimistic they are, growers are still talking mostly good quality and down playing losses.  Still, it’s kind of like the parents who never have any ugly kids.  Watermelons and sweet onions are two big items coming out of the valley this time of the year.  The moonsoons that hit a week ago dumped as much as 10 inches in some fields.  The saving grace may be the fields that received as little a three inches of rain.  Still, extra caution is urged when loading South Texas produce vegetables.

Mexican watermelons are crossing the border at McAllen, TX in moderate volume, however variable quality is being reported.  Caution is urged when loading this product.  Make sure your receiver knows the quality being shipped.

A number of other Mexican items are crossing the border into South Texas in light to moderate volume ranging from carrots to peppers along with tropical fruits such as mangoes, papayas and pineapples.  The valley also continues to ship moderate volumes with grapefruit, oranges and cabbage.

South Texas and Mexican grown produce – grossing about $2900 to Chicago, $4900 to New York City.

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Texas Onion Shipments are Starting This Week; Vidalia follows Soon

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DSCN0557+1The first domestic sweet onion shipments in the U.S.  should get underway this week from South Texas, with product from Georgia shortly afterwards.

Texas Onion Shipments

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is just starting to dig sweet onions, with shipments of this product from South Texas to get underway within days.  This is taking place the same week that onions crossing the border from Mexico are expected to end.  Likewise,  storage onions from Idaho, Oregon and Washington are also finishing up.

The Lone Star States is expected to have about 3,500 acres of its well-known spring onions, which are usually shipped for about six weeks from early April to mid-May.  The 3,500 acres represents about a 2,000-acre decrease in plantings from a year ago.

South Texas produce shipments (grapefruit, oranges, cabbage) and Mexican produce shipments (tomatoes,  watermelons, tropical fruit, vegetables) – grossing about $2800 to Chicago; about $4800 New York City.

Vidalia Onion Shipments

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has set April 27 as the official shipping start date for Vidalia onions, although growers can ship before April 27 if their onions meet federal inspection requirements and are under “positive lot identification” as approved by the Federal State Inspection Service.  This means Vidalias shipped before 4/27 cannot be sold as Vidalias.

Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga., has challenged the 4/27 start date in court and a judge in Atlanta ruled in favor of Bland Farms.  However, the state has appealed the ruling.

A panel of three judges of the Georgia Appeals Court heard arguments Jan. 14 and have taken the case under advisement.  They did not indicate when they may issue a decision.

Bland Farms, contends Black violated state law by trying to impose a new rule instead of going through the state’s legislature.  The growing/shipping operation has some of the southern most fields in the Vidalia onion growing districts and believes its onions mature earlier, and should be allowed to ship under the Vidalia name prior to 4/27.




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Dozens of Produce Items are Being Shipped Out of South Texas

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DSCN5088Here’s a glimpse of produce shipments from Mexico crossing the border at McAllen, Tx, plus some domestic items coming out of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Sweet onion shipments from Mexico and Texas are expected to start later than normal this year.  By contrast, in the Northwest storage onion shipments could last longer than normal simply because there is such a big volume.

Mexican sweet onions shipments are expected to start crossing the border into South Texas in good volume by the middle of March, which would be three to four weeks later than normal.  South Texas sweet onions also are behind schedule and should get underway around mid to late March…..Meanwhile, imports of sweet onions from Peru are expected to wrap up by the end of February.

Meanwhile, there’s dozens of other items crossing the border from Mexico into the Lower Rio Grand Valley.  Mexican avocado shipments are averaging over 500 truck loads per week.  There also are lesser amounts of produce shipments ranging from Mexican strawberries and limes to tropical fruits and vegetables.

While much of the Texas produce growing over the past couple of decades has shifted to south of the border, South Texas growing operations are still in business.

Texas grapefruit shipments are averaging around 200 trucks loads weekly, with Texas oranges amounting to roughly one-half this amount…..The Lower Rio Grande Valley, as well as the Winter Garden District, which is closer to San Antonio, are shipping cabbage in light, but increasing volume.

South Texas produce shipments – grossing about $2800 to Chicago and $4700 to New York City.



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Central USA Produce Shipments: From Tx to ND

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DSCN4318+1From South Texas to North Dakota here are some loading opportunities for fresh produce being shipped from the Central Time Zone (except Colorado).

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, both grapefruit and oranges are moving in steady volume.  Meanwhile, Mexican product is crossing the border at McAllen, Tx ranging from tropical fruit to tomatoes, and vegetables, with truck shortages reported.  There’s also cabbage being loaded from the Winter Garden District just south of San Antonio.  There also is light volume of West Texas potatoes being shipped out of the Hereford area and Eastern New Mexico.

South Texas produce  shipments- grossing about $3100 to Orlando.

Wisconsin Potato Shipments

Central Wisconsin is the nation’s third largest potato shipping area and is averging about 200 truck loads weekly.  Truck supplies are very tight.

Wisconsin potatoes – grossing about $3400 to Dallas.

Red River Valley Potato Shipments

Red potatoes out of the North Dakota/Minnesota Red River Valley are moving in steady volume.  Truck supplies are very tight.

Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $2000 to Chicago.

Colorado Potato Shipments

The second largest potato shipping state is Colorado.  Truck supples are very tight for produce being shipped out of the San Luis Valley.

Colorado potatoes – grossing about $2400 to Chicago.




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