UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

Blueberries

  • South American volume is low due to weather-related issues that occurred early in the season as well as unloading delays at the Port of Long Beach, California
  • Port delays are averaging two to five days
  • Peruvian supplies are increasing and will become the main source for the next several months
  • Mexican production began last month; volume is low but will increase each week

Broccoli Markets

Salinas Valley and Santa Maria

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli is available
  • Stocks are expected to remain tight over the next several weeks
  • Cool weather is forecast to slow growth, resulting in fewer available supplies over the next two weeks
  • Expect elevated markets through October

Mexican Broccoli (Crossing into South Texas)

  • Stocks will be very limited over the next several weeks
  • Heavy rain has reduced yields in the primary growing region
  • Demand is extremely strong out of this region due to the freight savings (compared to ordering from California)
  • Expect high prices to persist through October

Green Beans

  • Georgia’s new fall crops are up and running for the month of October
  • Rain could hinder production this week
  • Quality is very good
  • Central Mexico is providing additional supply to supplement Baja volume this week; production will start in mainland Mexico in mid-November
  • California will see cooler weather this week, lowering yields; expect new crop harvesting to start in the Imperial Valley in two to three weeks
  • Production is ending in New York, Tennessee, and Ohio
  • Expect prices to remain steady this week

Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • MFC Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are available
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is sporadic; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed
  • Weather fluctuations and increased disease pressure are challenging Salinas Valley yields and carton weights
    • Cooler-than-normal temperatures are forecast over the next two weeks; field growth will slow, further limiting supplies
    • Disease pressure, including Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus and Sclerotinia, is more prominent at this point in the season, reducing harvestable yields; harvesting crews are culling affected heads from final packs
  • Quality is good
    • Limited amounts of fringe burn, internal burn, and seeder are being detected at the field level
    • Mildew pressure is increasing
  • Iceberg harvesting will begin in Huron in mid- to late October; green leaf, iceberg, and romaine production will begin in the Arizona/California desert by early to mid- November
  • Most suppliers are holding contracts to averages
  • Expect elevated markets through October

Idaho Potatoes

New Crop Norkotahs

  • Size continues to be dominated by 40- to 70-count packs; 90- and 100-count supplies are limited
  • Quality is good: occasional skinning, excess moisture, and cooler mold may be observed in fresh-run potatoes
  • U.S. No. 2 production remains low, as potatoes that would normally meet No. 1 grade are being packed to meet demand for No. 2 grade orders; No. 2 supplies will increase once potatoes are shipped out of storage

New Crop Burbanks

  • Limited quantities of fresh-run, packer label Burbank potatoes will be available for shipment next week
  • Once the harvest is complete, Burbank potatoes will be cellared in order to go through the sweat process, then will start shipping in early November

Oranges

  • MFC and Markon Essentials California Valencia Oranges are available
  • Heat, dehydration, and gas times are taking a toll on the quality of late-season fruit
  • Expect extremely limited Valencia supplies until the Navel season begins
    • Small-size fruit (113- to 138-count oranges) will be scarce for the rest of the Valencia season
    • Prices are high
  • Quality concerns include re-greening and decay due to above-normal temperatures through the summer months
  • The California Navel season will begin in late October/early November, depending on weather

Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Broccoli

  • Inconsistent weather patterns have slowed growth in the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria growing regions
  • Rain continues to drive disease and pests, lowering overall yields in the Guanajuato growing region of Mexico
  • Overall quality is good: pin rot is affecting some lots
  • Supplies are extremely limited out of all areas; demand exceeds supply
  • Expect elevated prices for the next 10 to 14 days until production is able to sufficiently meet current demand

RSS Cabbage

  • Supplies are limited due to inconsistent weather patterns in the Salinas Valley
    • High temperatures earlier in the season damaged younger plantings
    • Recent cooler weather has hindered growth
  • Overall quality is good; however, worm damage is reducing harvestable yields at the field level
  • Size profile is small as growers are roughly 7 to 10 days ahead of harvest schedules; additionally, growers are harvesting fields earlier to minimize insect pressure
  • Expect elevated markets and tight supplies for the duration of the Salinas season; the Arizona/California Desert season will begin in mid- to late November

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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