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.
The quality of the strawberry plants in the ground in California this year appear to be much better than in 2021. This should lead to a larger harvest in 2022. Fresh market production is beginning to pull ahead of where it was at this time last year.
The USDA Cold Storage Report for the end of 2021 shows overall lower volumes of fruit versus the ten year average. Some fruit types are lower than they were at the end of 2020.