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Hurricane Dorian Heads for Southeast Growing Regions This Weekend


Florida and Southeast citrus and vegetable grower-shippers are bracing for the first major hurricane of the season at a time when citrus growers are preparing for harvest. Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Florida and/or Southeast Georgia late Sunday or early Monday of Labor Day weekend, and the timing is terrible for produce industry there. “We’re watching the same forecasts as everyone and hoping for the best,” said Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable…

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US Apple Growers Brace for New Round of Chinese Tariffs


U.S. apple growers are bracing for another round of retaliatory tariffs from China, the U.S. Apple Association said. The country has said it will begin introducing new tariffs on a wide range of U.S. goods, including an additional 10 percent on apples for a total of 60 percent, beginning Sept. 1. “Margins are already razor-thin or negative so this new round of retaliatory tariffs on apples only adds to grower uncertainty as we head into harvest,” said USApple President and…

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Challenging Summer for Blackberry Growers in the Northwest


The season for blackberries in the Pacific Northwest is set to continue for another few weeks before tapering off for the year. It began back in July and now growers are on to the later varieties. It has been a challenging season with rain interrupting what was hoped to be a decent year. "We are just starting on our Evergreen blackberry now," said Jeff Peterson of Columbia Fruit. "We had a bit of challenging start to the season. The generally…

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US Watermelon Production Impacted by Weather


Supplies of watermelons are limited in the United States right now. Although there are many regions in production at the moment, weather issues in all areas are causing a few issues with growing and harvesting. Growers have reported any number of conditions, including heat, rain and cooler temperatures, which have affected yields. "Right now, our main crop is growing in Delaware," said Mike Holzkopf of Sweet Mama Produce. "Watermelon is also being grown in the same horizontal line from Missouri,…

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China Adds to Fruit Tariffs


The hits keep on coming for U.S. fruit exporters. China’s tariffs on U.S. apples, pears, cherries and U.S. commodities will increase an additional 10% Sept. 1. The Aug. 23 move is another insult to the mounting injury caused by the more than year-long trade fight between China and the U.S. In response to China’s decision, the U.S. announced planned tariff increases on a variety of Chinese goods, including vegetables, apples and mushrooms. U.S. apples, pears and cherries are all subject…

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