Processing grade strawberry volume is lower to date than it has been for many years. Field pricing has moved up a little recently as a result of the shortage. Volumes could remain light for the rest of the month of June.
As the winter snowpack melts over the spring and summer, it is a significant source of irrigation water for Washington State farms. The snowpack in Washington tends to peak in April. This year statewide snowpack measured 80% of normal according to the Department of Ecology...READ MORE
Freezer inventory of strawberry reported by USDA is still at low volumes versus the five year average. Little change to these numbers will happen in April. It could be the middle of May before the season gets going with larger volumes.
California strawberry production is steady, but not excessive right now. The fresh market is much lower presently, and growers will need to decide in the next week about staying in the fresh market or switching to processing.
The U.S. Apple Association announced Fresh and Processing holdings as of April 1, 2019. U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 51.2 million bushels on April 1, 2019, are 12 percent less than the April 1, 2018 holdings of 58.0 million bushels, and 4 percent less ... READ MORE