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U.S. citrus production set to rebound in 2018/19


U.S. citrus production in the 2018/19 marketing year (October–September) is rebounding from previous-year lows. The current citrus crop forecast of 8.02 million tons for 2018/19 is up 31 percent from the previous season, reflecting expected expanded national production across all major citrus commodities, excluding lemons, and overall larger crops in the four major producing States. The rebound is expected to be greatest in Florida, recovering from crop losses caused by Hurricane Irma in the 2017/18 season.   Orange and grapefruit…

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California cherry growers look to bounce back from 2018


California cherry grower-shippers say they’re expecting bigger volumes in 2019 than a year earlier.   That shouldn’t be difficult, they were quick to add.   In 2018, cherry volume statewide was 3.96 million cartons, compared to 9.56 million cartons a year earlier, according to the Sacramento-based California Cherry Board.   Weather was a factor in the downturn, suppliers said.   “Last year was a disaster,” said Kyle Persky, sales manager with Lodi, Calif.-based Rivermaid Trading Co. “We’d had a stressful summer of…

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These are exciting times on the tomato market. Many countries are currently in the transition period between the import and export seasons. In the meantime, the spread of the ToBRFV virus is being monitored worldwide. Various cases have already been reported in Europe and it is still unclear whether eradication of the virus is possible. The US Department of Commerce has announced a withdrawal from the Tomato Suspension Agreement. This could have major financial consequences for Mexican tomato growers.  …

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Good growing weather bodes well for tree fruits


Weather across the country appears to have been favorable so far for this year's tree fruit crops, with seasons' arrivals being slightly delayed.   Industry representatives describe their impressions of this season and recommendations for promoting tree fruit at retail.   2019 Outlook Valhalla Sales & Marketing Inc., Kingsburg, California, grows 80% of its peaches, plums and nectarines within 60 miles of the Kingsburg area.   For the 2019 season, David Stone, president and CEO of the company, says as…

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Large Pacific Northwest pear crop results in softer market


A large crop last season means that there is still ample pear volume coming out of the Pacific Northwest. Combined with the slow start in fall, the market is seeing softer prices compared with the previous few years. "We have more volume than at this time last year," noted Ed Weathers of Duckwall Fruit. "This is mainly due to the larger crop the Northwest produced last season. Additionally, sales began slowly last fall and we have been playing catch up…

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