Supplies remain limited as Mexico’s new crop harvest is underway. The California and Peruvian seasons continue to help fill the void from Mexico’s slow start.
- Mexico is now harvesting the Loca crop
- Flowering is being reported outside the normal spring season
- This late summer flowering matures its fruit in early winter, when the normal crop is in short supply
- Larger sizes (32- to 48-count supplies) remain limited; smaller sizes (60- to 84-count) dominate availability
- Quality is good; checkerboarding (uneven ripening within a case) has been reported
- The Loca crop fruit will have longer shelf-life than other avocado crops with bright green texture, regardless of the ripening stage
- Expect pricing to slightly decline as production increases over the next two weeks
- Supply will increase in both regions as Mexico’s Loca yields rise
- Quality is good; checkerboarding (uneven ripening) has been reported
- Expect to see stable pricing and an increase in supply
Markets have risen as supplies decrease in the primary growing regions of Salinas and Santa Maria, California.
- Markon Essentials (ESS) Cauliflower is available
- Prices have risen
- A relatively cool June has resulted in slower plant growth in the Salinas and Santa Maria Valleys
- This weekend’s high pressure system will bring more favorable weather and spur growth, increasing yields quickly
- Good color and consistent size have been noted in recent packs from both areas
- Expect prices to strengthen further after recent gains before stabilizing or even falling amid increasing supply and steady-to weaker demand next week
Cantaloupe and honeydew production will transition north to Central California during the month of July. Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are available.
- The Arizona/California desert is shipping adequate supplies; however, high temperatures (107 F) are slowing harvests
- Production will begin in the Fresno region July 12
- Large sizes are prevalent (nine- and jumbo nine-count fruit)
- Quality is good with occasional ground spotting and netting observed
- Expect slightly higher markets this week
- Arizona/California desert stocks are ample
- The Fresno season will start on July 14
- Quality is fair with some wind scarring and ground discoloration
- Sizes are dominated by jumbo five-count melons); six-count and smaller fruit is snug
- Expect steady markets as crops transition north over the next two weeks
Raspberry supplies are limited; prices are rising. Blackberries stocks are tight, but markets are stable. Blueberry growers will ship promotable volume through July.
- Volume continues to fall in Central Mexico due to high temperatures
- Quality is good
- Uneven ripening and broken fruit has been reported in some lots
- Warmer weather is forecast in California’s Watsonville growing region for the next 7 days, increasing supplies
- The industry will continue to be in a demand-exceeds-supply situation as we move into July
- The majority of fruit will ship from Oregon and Washington growing regions for the month of July; quality from the Pacific Northwest is exceptional
- Promotable volume is expected in California through July
- Yields continue to decline in Central Mexico due to high heat
- Growers are moving quickly through fields to avoid red cell as much as possible
- Estimates remain limited with demand meeting supply
- Markets to remain stable but elevated
- Volume is declining in Oxnard, California and will reach lowest production by mid-July
- Production is slowly increasing in Watsonville, California
Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions are available out of California’s San Joaquin Valley and Southern New Mexico.
- After a slow start to the season, supplies have increased
- Yields are dominated by medium and jumbo sizes; colossal stocks are sufficient, while super colossals are limited
- Expect markets to hold firm for the next few weeks
- Supplies are expected to ship into August
- New Mexican onions are readily available
- Pack-outs also favor medium to jumbo sizes; order fulfillment of colossal and super colossal onions is steady
- Markets will remain elevated, but stable for the next few weeks
- The season will run through mid-August
2023-2024 Northwest Storage Season
- Idaho, Oregon, and Washington growers expect to have yellow onions available the first week of August; red and yellow onion production is slated to begin the week of August 7
- Colorado and Utah growers currently estimate late August start dates
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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