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California Shipping Outlook includes Dates, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pistachios

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Dates-medjoolHere’s a shipping outlook for dates and various nuts coming out of California.

A bumper crop of California date shipments is seen by some coming out the Southern California desert region, with yields reported to be 20 percent higher than last season.

Harvest got underway with the beginning of September.  Among the major California date shippers are Hadley Date Gardens of Thermal, Atlas Produce and Distribution of Bakersfield, and Sunsweet Growers Inc. of Yuba City.

Walnut and Almond Shipments

California grows and ships nearly all walnuts in the U.S. and has 315,000 bearing acres due to the region’s mild climate and deep fertile soils providing ideal growing conditions.

2016 California walnut shipments are forecast at 670,000 tons, up 11 percent  from 2015’s volume of 603,000 tons.  For the season starting in 2016 there was an impressive 16.8 percent jump in loadings.  Growing conditions and quality are reported good for the 2017 crop.  One of the larger California nut shippers is Mariani Nut Co. of Winters, CA,  which grows almonds and walnuts in the Sacramento Valley on 14,000 irrigated acres.

This year’s pistachio shipments are predicted to be down significantly from a year ago, while the walnut volume also is off, with almonds projected to be up 5 percent.  Pistachio volume is expected to be about 650 million pounds, while volume a year ago exceeded 900 million pound as the nut is known for it alternate bearing years with up and down shipments from season to season.  A leading pistachio shipper is Meridian Growers of Fresno.

California walnut shipments are forecast at 650,000 tons, down 5 percent from a year ago when there were record loadings amounting to 686,000 tons.  The 2017 California walnut loadings are pegged at 2.25 billion meat pounds coming off of 1 million bearing acres, an increase of 5.1 percent from last year’s 2.14 billion pounds.

Wonderful Pistachio and Almonds of Los Angeles is a leading shipper of pistachios and almonds that launched a football campaign earlier this month featuring Richard Sherman of Seattle and Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

 

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California Outlook for Broccoli, Raspberry, Walnut Shipments

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RaspberriesCalifornia broccoli shipments continue to struggle with volume and quality, while raspberry loadings have improved.  Meanwhile, record walnut loadings are forecast.

Just about the time it seem Salinas Valley lettuce shipments are getting straightened out from unpredictable highs and lows in volume, a similar problem is now occurring with Salinas Valley broccoli shipments.  Again, similar to lettuce, broccoli has been facing some quality problems  such as brown bead, hollow stem and stunted growth, which are the side effects of hot weather.  Some areas of the Salinas Valley have hit 110 degrees recently.  While quality is expected to improve going further into September, volume could remain below normal for weeks.  It’s always good to check what’s being loaded onto the truck, so the buyer (receiver) knows what is being delivered.

Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $6800 to New York City.

Berry Shipments

Raspberry shipments from the Salinas/Watsonville district have improved in the past week as the weather has cooled.  The berries  are grown under hoops and inside the hoops, and it was simply too hot.  This time of the year, raspberry production is limited to the Watsonville and Salinas areas.   Shipments of the fruit normally occur from May through  October.

Watsonville/Salinas berries – grossing about $4500 to Dallas.

Walnut Shipments

This year’s California walnut production from the San Joaquin Valley is forecast at a record 575,000 tons despite a lack of chilling hours during winter and the California drought that continues to impact the state. The forecast is up 1 percent from 2014’s production of 570,000 tons.

According to the USDA, California walnut acreage amounted to 181,000 in 1990 and increased every year to 300,000 acres in 2015.  In the past decade alone, acreage increased by 40 percent. The number of trees per acre went up significantly as well.

 

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