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Market Report February 27, 2019

WEATHER UPDATE

A fast-moving cold front rolls through California mid-week with heavy showers as the system taps into tropical moisture from the Central Pacific Ocean. The next system arrives over the weekend with long-range forecasts expecting back to back storm systems set up to arrive every couple of days into mid-March. Seasonal to above average temperatures will continue across Central and Northern Mexico through next week.

The Southwestern desert regions will see gusty winds, minor cooling and a light chance of showers as the numerous storms systems in the pipeline pass to the north. Seasonal temperatures along with showers mainly across the interior and eastern half of Florida mid-week followed by weak ridging late this week. The next cold front pushes through the area early next week followed by cooler temperatures and gusty winds through the week.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California and Yuma trucks remain plentiful  gain this week. Washington apple trucks are plentiful as well. Idaho potato and onion trucks remain steady. The national average on diesel rose slightly this week and is currently at 3.048 per gallon. California prices are up slightly as well and are now at 3.772 per gallon. Crude oil prices remained steady and are currently at 55.99 per barrel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Apples: Small sizes of Granny Smith and Gold apples continue to be very limited. Markets are higher.

Avocado (California): With the smaller crop, along with the ongoing labor shortages, many growers will likely hold off on a full on harvest and wait for a market opportunity.

Berries (Strawberries): The Strawberry market in all three current growing regions will be on the rise with limited availability through the end of the month.

Lettuce Iceberg: Blister and peel reported by all shippers with this commodity.

Potatoes: Russet 60 count and larger limited out of Idaho 

TRANSITIONS & TEMPERATURE

Apples: Peak production of red variety apples is currently available.

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Berries (Strawberries): Central Mexico and Baja will be slowly on the decline in production depending on how mother nature treats the growing areas for the next three weeks .

Lettuce Iceberg: Huron will begin production in late March.

Onions: Mexico has started to cross White, Red and Sweet Yellow onions into the U.S.

Pears: We are currently transitioning into Chilean fruit.