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Loadings for Apples, Watermelons, Onions and Potatoes

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Apple shipments will remain good through the remainder of the season (late July) as about 36 million bushels of fresh-market apples, mostly in Washington state, remain in storage for shipping.  This is  about  21% more than last year at the same time.

The  21% figure also represents how many more apples remain to be shipped compared to  the 5-year average.  Less than 1 million bushels of apples remain to be hauled from other states besides Washington.

There was more fruit remaining in storages for all major apple varieties to be shipped compared to last year at this time.

Washington state apples – grossing about $6500 to New York City.


While watermelon shipments in Florida got underway in early May, it will be the end of the month before there is decent volume.  Weather and disease factors will reduce Florida melon loading opportunities this season…Both Texas and Arizona are loading watermelons, with good volume not arriving until around the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).

Sweet Onions

Looking ahead to the Northwest,  Walla Walla, WA growers have planted approximately 600 acres of the Walla Walla sweet onions this year, down  slightly from the 2012 season.   Sweet onion shipments should get going around  mid-June and running through mid-August.  In total, Washington state last year shipped non-storage onions from about 2,500 acres, up slightly from 2011.


Idaho continues trying to shed itself of another mammoth crop of russet potatoes.  The state is averaging nearly 1,700 truckload equivalents of spud shipments weekly, although a significant amount of this is moving by rail….Second heaviest potato shipments are currently coming out of the San Luis Valley of Colorado, where about 575 truckload equivalents are moving each week.

San Luis Valley potatoes – grossing about $1700 to Dallas.

Idaho potatoes – about $5525 to Boston.

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Northwest Cherry Shipments Ramping Up

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Record shipments of highly perishables, but high rate paying cherries are getting underway from Washington state, along with apricots and onions, and joining the late season apples and pears.

Cherry loadings start in limited volume from the Yakima Valley, but tonnage quickly increases.  23 million boxes are forecast to be shipped from Washington state, which should break the previous record by 3 million cartons….Apricot loadings are close behind starting in mid June, with peak movement occurring the first half of July.

The Evergreen state continues to ship apples and pears from the 2011/12 season, and remains the heaviest volume for produce.  About 1,750 truck load equivalents of apples and pears are being shipped weekly from the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys.

Onions from the Walla Walla Valley should get underway the week of  June 18th.  The Walla Walla onion shipping area is located in Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon.  Primary shippers are located in or near Walla Walla, WA and Hermiston, OR.

Washington apples and pears – grossing about $6000 to Philadelphia.

NOTE:  Apples, pears and apricots can be loaded on the same truck, but oder from the fruit can be absorbed by potatoes, onions and some other items.  Source:  TransFresh “Fresh Produce Mixer & Loading Guide.”


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