Stone fruit in California has been affected by a few adverse weather events this year. The earliest varieties for the fresh market are just starting to packed. Demand for the fruit should be good from the fresh and processed markets this season.
The California pear looks to be in good shape for the most part this year. Timing of the crop is close to seasonal averages with an expected start around the middle of July.
Good quality plants in the strawberry fields throughout the state of California should allow for a heavy volume of fruit in the next few weeks. Field pricing for strawberry going to processing looks to remain stable for now.
Price posting is taking place today in the California strawberry processing industry. Prices for #1 grade fruit are down from last year at this same time. Juice grade remains similar to last year. Volume for both #1 grade and juice grade are running ahead of the past few season.
Fresh market strawberry pricing has dropped in the past week. Good production and additional acreage in each of the areas that supply fresh market strawberries is putting downward pressure on FOB prices.