Unseasonable Florida rains affecting harvests
Unseasonable rains continue in the Sunshine and Peach states. Up and down the state of Florida and throughout Georgia there are high probabilities of rain for the next 10 days, with daily totals of 0.25 inches to an inch. This type of daily rain usually doesn’t arrive until sometime in June. Look for harvests to be affected and a potential spike in pricing across many commodities.
Georgia is in the middle of its season on blueberries, green beans and broccoli with peaches just around the corner; out of Florida we are talking about watermelons, cantaloupes, Bell peppers, green beans and tomatoes. The rain is forecasted through at least next Friday. Blueberries out of Florida are pretty much done for the season.
The grape-growing areas of northern Sonora, Mexico, and the Coachella Valley are experiencing perfect weather right now with highs ranging from the mid-90s to low 100s and minimums in the 60s. Mexico is now the main player with production out of Chile nearing the end of its run and Coachella Valley just getting going. Once Coachella starts up in earnest later this month they should knock Chile out of the market. There are no weather issues in Mexico or Coachella in the near future.
Markets remain fairly strong as Central American imports are coming to an end, Florida is experiencing weather issues with the rain and the desert regions of southern California and western Arizona are just now getting started. The good thing is the southwest is experiencing perfect weather with highs in the upper 90s and minimum temps in the mid-60s from Yuma west to the Imperial Valley. We should see good volumes on these items by the end of the month.
A small cool front should move through California starting today through next Tuesday. The central coastal growing regions of Salinas/Watsonville and Santa Maria will see below-average temps with highs only in the low 60s from today through next Tuesday. Average high for the month of May is 77. The minimum temps will remain within the norm between 50 and 52. By Wednesday, May 23 the highs will be in the mid-60s and by Friday, May 25 will be back at 70 for the weekend. These regions are the big players in strawberries and lettuces right now.
Oregon and Washington east of the Cascade Mountains are experiencing an extended heat wave with above average temps continuing all this week and next. Highs for the region range from the upper 70s up to the upper 80s with 90-plus here and there next week. The average high this time of year is in the mid-60s. Hopefully this warm weather will bring an early start to the cherry harvest and bring some relief to pricing out of California. If you are looking for asparagus this is pretty much the main shipping location for all of the U.S. and Mexico right now. The Walla Walla and Yakima Valley districts shipped about 40 loads last week, which was more than Mexico, the San Joaquin Valley and Peru combined. Overall not much asparagus in the market, which is reflected in the high f.o.b. pricing.
The heavy unseasonable rains we saw throughout most of central Mexico last week have dissipated. Most regions are back to normal conditions for this time of year with a few possible showers next week throughout Jalisco, Michoacan and the state of Mexico. Daily probabilities are currently around 40 percent for only a few days next week. The main summer tomato-growing regions in the states of Coahuila, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas and Durango are experiencing perfect weather with highs in the mid-80s to upper 90s depending on the area and no chance of rain currently in the 10 day forecast.
They are in the midst of another heat wave in Leamington. Highs will be in the low 70s all this week and next with minimum temps in the mid-50s. Average temps for this time of year are a high of 54 and low of 47. Look for production to start soon on cukes and Bells.
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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)
Source: producenews.com, 5-17-18