California Celery Light Supplies, High Market


Celery prices have about doubled in the past few weeks as the crop transition has led to light supplies. California celery supplies have decreased substantially in Oxnard and Santa Maria, California, and the Florida season has ended.

Yields in Oxnard and Santa Maria fields were impacted by heavy rains in January, and by seeder ranging five to seven inches following two heat spikes in March/April.

Elevated markets are expected to maintain until full transition to Salinas is complete in mid-late June.

Agtools reports Southern California volume is 39 percent below last year so far; Central California volume is off 14 percent and imports from Mexico are 27 percent lower than last year.