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New Jersey Vegetable Shipments are Looking Good

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DSCN0801As New Jersey vegetable shipments get underway, here is a look at last season’s volume to add some perspective as to what to expect this summer.

Bell peppers and tomatoes saw significant shipping increases in 2017, while sweet corn acreage was stable.

New Jersey’s top vegetables in 2017 were tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet corn, and total acreage for vegetable crops topped 35,000 acres.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports shipments for 18 vegetables tracked in New Jersey totaled 507.8 million pounds, with area harvested estimated at 35,100 acres.

2017 harvested vegetable acreage of 35,100 was up 1.4 percent from 2016, when 34,600 acres of vegetables were harvested.

According to the USDA, tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet corn together accounted for 51 percent of total vegetable production in the state.

The total value of utilized production in the state was $193.8 million, and tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet corn together accounted for 48 percent of the total.

Sweet Corn Shipments

  • Sweet corn topped all vegetable crops in terms of acreage, with 6,200 acres harvested in 2017, down slightly from 6,400 acres harvested in 2016.
  • Sweet corn production of 601,400 cwt. in 2017 compares to 595,000 cwt. in 2016, according to USDA statistics.
  • Value of sweet corn production in 2017 totaled $18.04 million, up from $17.29 million in 2016.

Tomato Shipments

  • Tomato harvested acreage in 2017 totaled 4,000 acres, up 38 percent from 2,900 acres harvested in 2016.
  • Production of tomatoes in 2017 totaled 1.12 million cwt., up 42 percent from 791,000 cwt. in 2016.
  • Value of tomatoes in New Jersey was $39.2 million in 2017, down from $46.3 million in 2016.

 Bell Pepper Shipments

  • Bell pepper harvested acreage in 2017 totaled 3,100 acres, up 34 percent from 2,300 acres in 2016.
  • Production of bell peppers in 2017 was 868,000 cwt., up from 633,000 cwt. in 2016.
  • Value of bell pepper production in 2017 was $35.9 million, up a whopping 80 pecent from $19.9 million in 2016.

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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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California Shipping Update for both Tomatoes and Table Grapes

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DSCN9836The last half of summer is typically good for hauling California tomatoes as well as California table grapes.

California’s San Joaquin Valley mature green summer tomato shipments started in late July and will continue into November.  About 500 truck loads of mature greens are being loaded weekly.

Caution is recommended when loading this product.  There’s been some triple digit weather this season, which can stress the product and lead to quality issues.  The weather is supposed to be in the mid to upper 90s this week in the Merced area, but inching towards the 100 mark by next weekend.  However, in Brawley, scorching temperatures well above 100 are predicted all week.

In the San Diego and Baja California areas summer vine ripe tomatoes and romas are being shipping in a similar timeframe as those in the San Joaquin Valley.  California tomato shipments have been good this summer as weather has impacted tomato seasons in Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee.

California Grape Shipments

Sun Pacific Marketing Cooperative Inc., based in Pasadena, CA is perhaps better known for its easy peel Cuties brand clementines and mandarins, as well as it Mighties brand kiwifruit.

However, it has become a significant player with table grape shipments and this season should move about 4 million cartons of grapes from the San Joaquin Valley.  The company is looking to increase it grape volume by as much as 50 percent over the next few seasons.

California has steady loadings with grapes now and is averaging around 1700 truckloads per week.  The vast majority of the fruit is still being shipped from the southern half of the valley, but this will gradually shift to greater tonnage coming out of more northern parts of the valley as we approach fall.

During the past decade more than two dozen grape varieties – red, green and black, have been introduced.  This is leading to fruit with larger berries, more crunch and sweeter taste.

San Joaquin Valley grapes – grossing about $6200 to New York City.

 

 

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Western Produce Shipments: Here’s Several Loading Opportunties

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FDSCN9022rom Nogales to California, the Northwest and Colorado, here are some springtime loading opportunities with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nogales Crossings

While springtime crossings of imported Mexican vegetables is past its peak, there are about 1500 truck loads of watermelons being loaded per week, with around 500 truck loads of vine ripe tomatoes available.  There’s much less volume with squash, peppers and some other vegetables.  Mexican grape loadings should be available in very light volume starting next week, with decent loading opportunities not coming until around the second week of May.

Mexican watermelon and tomato shipments – grossing about $3200 to Chicago.

California Produce Shipments

With lettuce volume crashing in the Imperial Valley and the Yuma area, lettuce loadings have made the seasonal shift to the Huron district on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley.  Huron is moving around 650 loads of head lettuce a week, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the state’s lettuce shipments right now.  Huron will continue well into May before giving away to California coastal shipping areas.

In fact, Santa Maria Valley has very light  loadings of lettuce, celery, cauliflower, broccoli and other vegetables.  Heaviest Santa Maria volume is with strawberries,  a little over 300 loads per week.  Strawberry loadings in California are heaviest out of Ventura County, around 500 loads a week.  Santa Maria could be a little frustrating this season. Although new crops are just starting, weather related shipping gaps are seen.

In Kern County around Bakersfield, about 375 truck load equivalents are being loaded weekly.  The new crop of stone fruit should have its first pickings the week of April 24th.

Huron lettuce – grossing about $6000 to New York City.

Potato Shipments

As always, Idaho leads potato volume accounting for nearly 1900 truck load equivalents a week, although a substantial amount of this is moving by rail…..Colorado’s San Luis Valley come next in volume averaging around 750 loads a week.  The Columbia Basin in southern Washington and adjacent Umatillin Basin in Northern Oregon are shipping about 60 percent of Colorado’s volume.

Twin Falls, ID area potatoes – grossing about $5100 to Atlanta.

 

 

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Early Fall Florida Vegetable Volume to be Lighter Than Normal

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dscn8610Florida fall vegetable volume for the majority of items is expected to be pretty normal over all, although early season loadings will be lighter than usual.
While that is good news, keep in mind that these loadings of items ranging from bell peppers to cucumbers and squash, plus other southern vegetables is relatively light, especially compared to Florida’s primary shipping season for vegetables, which is in the spring.  This also results in multiple picks and drops, so keep this in mind when considering produce freight rates.
After heavy September and October rains, pepper harvesting is expected to begin with variable yields and quality, while green bean loadings are expected to start with lower than normal volume.  Last season, record winter rainfall harmed quality of many items.
Early indications point to Florida having over all good quality crop, with that quality being much better that last year.  This year the weather is much improved, with warmer temperatures and rain, resulting in a very good growing season.
Florida Specialties Inc. of Immokalee is a grower and shipper of  green beans, eggplant and peppers.  It began harvesting bell peppers in mid-November right on schedule in Southern Florida and also like to looks of its vegetables in central Florida.
Branch: A Family of Farms, is based in South Bay, FL, began harvesting sweet corn in mid November.  The company also handles many other vegetables ranging from green beans to cabbage, escarole, endive, cilantro, lettuce, celery, parsely and radicchio, among other items, with operations also in Georgia and Colorado, in season.
Tomatoes
The Florida tomato shipments got underway in late October for mature greens and grape tomatoes in small normal early fall volumes.
DiMare Co., of Homestead, FL is facing reduced tomato yields with early season volumes due to rains.
In central Florida, the cabbage harvest has just started, but decent volume is not expected until early January.
Florida tomatoes and vegetables – grossing about $1800 to Chicago.

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S. Cal Tomato Loadings, Plus Avocado Shipments

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GAtks0314 157Here’s some updates on tomato shipments from Southern California, as well as avocado shipments, which continue to show impressive growth in volume.

California  vine-ripe round tomatoes and romas are now in peak volume from Southern California.  This season, veteram tomato grower Harry Singh, Jr. and his family—along with exclusive marketer Oppy—celebrate 75 years of producing vine-ripes in Oceanside, CA. .

Priya Singh, general manager, is a third generation grower at the company that became known as West Coast Tomato Growers (WCTG), owners of the Oceanside Pole and Cal-Tom brands, in 2012.  Oppy is shipping Oceanside Pole and Cal-Tom vine ripened rounds and romas produced by the Singh family into November.

Southern California tomatoes – grossing about $6300 to New York City.

 

Avocado Shipments

2016 is off to a good start for avocado shipments, both domestic and for imports.  The coming fall shipping season is looking to be even better.  From January through May, more than 1 billion pounds of avocados were shipped in the U.S.  That is up from 883 million pounds for the same period a year ago.

In all, volume rose 16 percent in 2015 compared to 2014, but for fall, volume grew 21 percent — from 575 million pounds for September through December 2014 to 696 million pounds for the fall of 2015.

The increase was driven by an increase in imports from Mexico, which had its biggest year ever.  Mexico was by far the largest source of avocados in 2015, shipping 1.7 billion pounds to the U.S.  California was next, with 262 million pounds, followed by Peru with 100 million and Chile with 20 million pounds.  Other countries shipped almost 4 million pounds.

Avocado shipments are increasing as consumption by American consumers continues to grow at a very fast pace.   Avocado shipments seem to be breaking records nearly every year.

Total volume in the U.S. for 2015 was 2.14 billion pounds, an increase of 15 percent over the 1.85 billion pounds in 2014.

Some California avocado shipments should continue through August. Then the fall crop from Mexico starts ramping up.

 

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California Produce Shipments in Summer Mode

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108_0830+1Here’s a round up of opportunities for California produce shipments.

Complaints continue to be heard about the lousy westbound freight rates across the country.  There also isn’t a lot of excitement over refrigerated loads for fresh fruits and vegetables.  Even California seems subdued this summer, the West Coast is still your best bet.

Salinas Valley Produce Shipments

Adequate truck supplies seem to be the norm anymore in California.  The reasons given are numerous, but we won’t dwell on that now.

Head lettuce is accounting for around 1,000 truck loads per week in the Salinas Valley, but volume with other types of lettuce (romaine, leaf) are substantially lower.  There’s also the usual suspects in the fields ranging from celery to bell peppers, among many others.  In the nearby Watsonville district, strawberries are  finally in a consistent mode, with both volume and quality.  Over 900 truckloads of strawberries are being shipped each week.  The Santa Maria district just to the south of Salinas is shipping similar items, but in much less volume.

Salinas vegetables and Watsonville berries – grossing about $7000 to New York City.

San Joaquin Valley Produce Shipments

The heaviest volume out of the San Joaquin Valley now is probably grapes and cantaloupe.  Table grapes are heaviest in the Southern part of the valley closer to the Bakersfield area, but are gaining in volume as the season spreads northward in the valley.  Cantaloupe loadings are now good out of the Westside district of the San Joaquin Valley from places such as Firebaugh.  Both grapes and cantaloupes are averaging around 1,250 truckloads per week.

Growers in Fresno County ship almost 250,000 tons of cantaloupes from 11,400 acres.

Tomato shipments are now originating out of the central valley.  There’s also is moderate loadings with peaches.  Both items are averaging around 500 truck loads each per week.  Nectarines and plums also are being shipped, but in relatively light volume.

San Joaquin Valley produce – grossing about $4100 to Dallas.

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Western Shipping Update: Santa Maria, CA; Mexico and Melons

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DSCN0519+1From Santa Mara, CA vegetables, to Mexican imports and a USDA update on melon availablity, here are some shipping opportunities for produce haulers.

Vegetable shippers in California’s Santa Maria district see stable shipments this spring, even though the region didn’t get as thorough a winter soaking from El Niño as forecasts suggested.  The California drought persists.  Santa Maria started loading  mixed leaf lettuce in early March, nearly two weeks earlier than usual.  Salinas started at the end of the month.

Broccoli and cauliflower shipments are underway in Santa Maria, while celery has in light volume, but should be increasing this week.  Santa Maria produce shipments also now include strawberries, celery, romaine, romaine hearts, Tuscan kale, red kale, green kale, cilantro and parsley.

Santa Maria vegetable shipments – grossing about $6500 to New York City.

Mexican Produce Imports

At Nogales, border crossing include Mexican vine-ripes, romas, grapes and cherries, which continue through April.  With the finish of tomatoes, the new Mexican table grape season launches with crossings at Nogales and McAllen, Tx.  Vine ripe tomato shipments from Baja California also begin crossing near San Diego.

Carrot shipments from the Bakersfield, CA area have shifted to the Imperial Valley.

Mexican vegetable shipments through Nogales – grossing about $2000 to Dallas.

Melon Shipments

The USDA’ Market News Service reported as of April 5th the “difference in pounds from average”  as follows: Mexico/5.3 million pounds, up 11 percent; Honduras/1.8 million pounds, up 105 percent; Costa Rica/780,000 pounds, up 166 percent; Nicaragua/-468,000 pounds, down 100 percent; Florida/-680,000 pounds, down 100 percent; and Guatemala/-1.25 million pounds, down 21 percent.

Florida watermelon shipments are increasing, along with numerous vegetables.

South Florida watermelon shipments, vegetables – grossing about $1000 to Atlanta.

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Heavier Volume of Mexican Items to Nogales Coming in January

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DSCN5435West Mexico winter vegetable shipments are crossing the border into Nogales, AZ, although heavier volume typically doesn’t occur until January.

Shipping gaps of product from Mexico are not as common as they used to be thanks in part to signicant volume coming from vegetables grown under shade houses and in green houses.

Tomato shipments including romas, grape tomatoes and some round tomatoes are gradually increasing in December, with heaviest volume occurring January through March.  Mexican red peppers are in very light volume, and similar to tomatoes, are not expected to have significant loadings until around Christmas.

Melons such as watermelons and honeydew are more unpredictable due to winter growing conditions south of the border, but light volumes are expected through the end of the year.

Cucumber shipments have been underway since mid-September, which were soon followed by zucchini, yellow and gray squash,  English cucumbers started the third week of October and hard squash in early November.  Loadings of those items as well as  green beans, and eggplant were underway with the arrival of December.

Mexican vegetable shipments crossing at Nogales – grossing about $2800 to Chicago.

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Spring FL Produce Shipments Shaping Up to be Good

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DSCN5279Spring Florida produce shipments are shifting towards high gear!

Florida produce shipments for this spring are shaping up to be a good one for produce haulers because of excellent weather and growing conditions.

Vegetables being harvested in the Sunshine State range from tomatoes to snap beans, sweet corn, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, celery, squash, lettuce and other leaf vegetables.  Florida citrus shipments continue, while the strawberry harvest has concluded, but blueberry loadings are ramping up.

The state grows and ships over 350 commodities.

Weather didn’t pose any significant obstacles to growers this season as the state has experienced a mild winter.

Tomato shipments for both grape and cherry tomatoes from the Palmetto/Ruskin areas of Florida should get underway about April 10th, while romas and rounds should follow around April 17-20.

Tomato shipments should reach seasonal norms the week of April 6 or the week of April 13.

South Florida fresh potato shipments commenced in early February and will continue until early to mid-May.  Peak Florida potato shipments are occuring during March and April.

Florida red, yellow and white potatoes – grossing about $2975 to Dallas.

Florida mixed vegetables  – grossing about $3400 to New York City and about $3100 to Chicago.

 

 

 

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