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Markets heat up after freeze hits parts of Mexico
Temperatures got below freezing in many locations in the northeastern part of Mexico, mainly in the states of Coahuila, Zacatecas, Durango and San Luis Potosi. While Mexico is now out of freeze danger, temps will remain cool through Saturday across the country. On Sunday temperatures will begin to return to normal and we should expect good growing conditions... Read more
Veg markets ready to take off as freeze hits parts of Mexico
Since Friday, forecasted minimum temps in Mexico have been adjusted down even further. Starting last night the minimum temp in Torreon was 34, tonight and tomorrow will be 27 and Thursday 36. Anything left in the shade houses such as tomatoes, Bell peppers, cukes are expected to be lost. The same will be the case for these commodities coming out of Durango, which... Read more
Big chill coming to east-central Mexico
Markets will be active next week as many commodities will be affected by a huge cold front hitting Mexico. Starting Tuesday of next week the majority of central and eastern Mexico will see at least five nights of extremely cool temps -- roughly 20 degrees below normal -- that will affect production. The region of La Laguna in Coahuila, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato,... Read more
Freeze could put Georgia crops on ice
Temperatures are predicted to drop close to freezing next week in Georgia. Currently in the growing regions of southern Georgia high temps are in the upper 70s and minimums in the mid-60s. Starting this Saturday things will change dramatically as a cold front settles in and temps begin to drop. Saturday night will see a minimum temp of 47 and will continue to... Read more
Crops getting caught in the cold November rain
As we enter November more southern growing locations are coming on and regions farther north are fading away. In the east, Florida is starting to pick up steam with all regions starting light harvest. It won’t be long before Florida is in full production up and down the state. Out west Yuma, AZ, has begun its first pickings, and by Thanksgiving it will be in... Read more
Cold front to hit Mexico, Georgia and Florida production
A cold front coming to central and eastern Mexico later this week and lasting through next week could affect production of all commodities coming from these regions. Depending on the region the cold weather is expected to start as early as Thursday or as late as Saturday and will last through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Minimums temps over this five-day period will get... Read more
Pumpkin production continues to roll strong
As we quickly approach Halloween, ample supplies of pumpkins remain to continue the promotion of carving-type orange Jack O’ Lanterns through Halloween. “We have experienced very moderate temperatures (high 70s to low 80s) this fall, which has allowed for normal production of pumpkins in California,” said Ryan Van Groningen, president of Van Groningen &... Read more
Tropical storm to hit the Hermosillo Valley today
Tropical Storm Sergio will miss major growing regions in Baja California, but it is expected bring more than three inches of rain to Hermosillo Valley today. It appears that Sergio is going to pass directly between Baja California's major growing regions without causing any serious damage to them. In Vizcaino, the National Weather Service... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's orange forecast is good news for Florida; however, the industry has a way to go before it can be called a recovery. USDA pegged its initial 2018-19 Florida total orange estimate at 79 million boxes, a 76 percent increase from last year when Hurricane Irma and disease ravaged the crop. The USDA reported early and mid-season... Read more
Hurricane Rosa intensifying, tomatoes, Bell peppers and cukes could be affected
Hurricane Rosa is expected to hit Baja California, Mexico, early next week. Rosa is currently a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. Hurricane-force winds extend 35 miles out from the center, and tropical storm winds extend 115 miles out from the center. In addition to structure damage, the storm could produce harvest and quality... Read more
Cold wave to cool Michigan production
A cold wave is coming to Michigan starting tomorrow. The state is still shipping tomatoes, squash, celery and watermelon, but the cold weather will slow down production. Nightly low temps will drop about 20 degrees from current temps of mid-60s down to the low 40s. The daytime highs will be in the mid-60s. This cold weather will last through Saturday night,... Read more
Sweet potato damage hit or miss, tomato supply not affected
Hurricane Florence had a hug effect on the people of North and South Carolina but when it came to any damage to the tomato crops in the surrounding states there doesn’t seem to be anything major to report. Sweet potato growers will be hit and miss on who saw real damage. Tomatoes are currently coming from a few different growing locations in the southeast;... Read more
Idaho's Norkotah crop looks good, Burbank crop may be lighter
The 2018 Idaho potato harvest got under way with Russet Norkotahs in early August, and by the first week in September, most growers in the state had started digging Norkotahs. While there is always variation from one field to another, growers were generally reporting good volumes with a good size structure and very good quality. Russet Burbanks, which are harvested... Read more
Hurricane Florence expected to hit sweet potato crop
Hurricane Florence has been predicted to hit the East Coast later this week. As of this morning the National Hurricane Center has stated the hurricane is growing in strength and is predicting the storm to come ashore somewhere along the North Carolina coast midday Thursday. Sustained major hurricane-force winds (greater than 110 miles per hour) are being... Read more
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service California Field Office released the annual crop estimate for California walnuts, predicting the 2018 annual yield to be 690,000 tons.   The 2018 estimate is 10 percent higher than the 2017 crop and is slightly higher than the 2016 crop of 689,000 tons. According to California Walnut Commission Chairman... Read more
California pears ripe for fall promotions
With supplies more plentiful than originally anticipated and ongoing harvest of multiple varieties, the California pear industry is perfectly positioned for fall and farm-to-fork promotional opportunities. “California Bartlett pear volume is coming in over 15 percent higher than the pre-season crop estimate,” said Chris Zanobini, executive director... Read more
Cooler temperatures mark the start of Calif. pumpkin season
As temperatures dip into the 80s and the aroma of pumpkin spice fills the air, the fall season is upon us. Halloween is turning into Christmas. You can now find pumpkins and fall harvest décor items in stores before Labor Day, when traditionally, retailers would wait until after the last summer holiday of the year. “Every year is different, you never know when... Read more
Northwest pears bounce back from last year's small crop
Northwest pear growers released their latest crop estimate for the 2018-19 season. Based on data reported from Washington's Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon's mid-Columbia and Medford districts, this year will be the fourth-largest crop in history. While the initial season estimate came in at 18.9 million standard box equivalents, or approximately 415,000... Read more
Cold weather could slow Washington cherry harvest
Extreme heat is coming to the desert southwest next weekend starting Thursday, July 5. Highs will jump from 107-108 they are experiencing now up to 114-116 through the weekend of July 7. These high temps will be felt from regions of Maricopa County around Phoenix, AZ, down through Yuma to Imperial Valley in California and up to the Coachella Valley. Minimum temps... Read more
Cold weather to cool tomato, Bell pepper and cuke production
As we move into summer many growing regions are in full production across the country with more coming on every week. California is going strong in all areas. The desert regions are still pumping out melons and grapes. Today the deserts will begin a mini four-day heat wave with highs today and tomorrow reaching 112 and 116 on Friday. Monday and Tuesday will... Read more