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
The California pear crop in Sacramento should be in full bloom by this weekend. The crop is running late, but could set well based on current conditions.
Low volumes of juice grade and freezer grade fruit to California strawberry processors have been occurring over the past few weeks.