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Handful of Washington apple varieties still available


Washington apple growers are carefully controlling their storage crop to avoid any gaps in apple supplies before the new crop begins in August. “Lately more sheds have been opening controlled atmosphere (CA) rooms. And they have Red Delicious, Granny Smiths, Royal Galas and Golden Delicious available,” says Gerald Castro of Ag Grower Sales LLC in Wenatchee, WA. “There’s even still some Honeycrisps, Fujis and Pink Ladies available. It just depends on when sheds want to open their CA rooms.” This…

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May 1 apple holdings have changed a lot over the past five years


The U.S. Apple Association says the May 1 fresh apple holdings are down 13% over 2018, but there’s a richer story to be told in varietal shifts over the past five years. Most people know I’m a nerd for apple reports. I pore over ad trends and storage reports like I’m reading a good novel. Honeycrisp and Red Delicious are two apples that everyone loves to watch, and their rise and fall are readily apparent in the latest apple report.…

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California farms face continuing labor shortages


California growers continue to face labor shortages, according to a new survey. Conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation in collaboration with the University of California-Davis, the survey of 1,071 farmers and ranchers reported 56% of farmers who responded had been unable to hire all the employees they needed at some point during the previous five years, according to a news release. The survey reported that for those farmers reporting employee shortages, at least 70% said they had more trouble…

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Soft citrus season is slow out of the starting blocks


Early soft citrus volumes are coming in slower than last year because of weather factors, particularly in the north of the country, but the delay is not regarded as concerning at this stage. By the end of week 16, 400,000 15kg-equivalent cartons had been shipped, which is 700,000 cartons lower than the same time last year. A lot of rain in parts of the north has meant that growers have had to keep a careful eye on acid levels, which…

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Blueberry harvest starts slowly in US as volumes recover


Blueberry farmers hope to capture some of the early-season market when less supply lifts prices are slowed by cooler weather, which has delayed harvest. Though they expect to market more volume in the coming weeks, with good-quality fruit, growers and marketers say larger crops in other states and offshore have also pressured the market this year.Harvest is about seven to 10 days behind schedule, said Todd Sanders, executive director of the California Blueberry Commission, but he noted that could change…

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