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MARKET REPORT – March 13, 2019

WEATHER UPDATE

High pressure returns to the west coast behind the exiting storm system with dry condition and warmer temperatures expected into mid next week. Strong winds are expected across Southern California and the Southwestern Desert regions late this week as the storm system moves to the east, with gradual warming late this week. Seasonably warm temperatures look to continue across Central Mexico with gradual warming to the north behind the latest storm systems. A frontal boundary moves into Florida late Friday spreading south across the peninsula over the weekend followed by another strong system early next week.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California and Yuma trucks remain plentiful again this week. Washington apple trucks are ample as well. Idaho potato and onion trucks remain steady. The national average on diesel didn't change this week and is currently at 3.079 per gallon. California prices remained steady this week and are now at 3.778 per gallon. Crude oil prices also remained steady and are currently at 57.94 per barrel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Berries (Strawberries): All Strawberry production will be coming from California by the end of March.

Citrus (Limes): Less inbounds coming from Mexico, and rain in the growing regions with high demand has driven prices up. Active prices across the board on all sizes

Grapes (Green): Supplies on green grapes will become a challenge by April.

Onions: Demand active in Northwest region. Markets rising.

Potatoes: Russet 70 count and larger limited out of Idaho

TRANSITIONS & TEMPERATURE

Lettuce Leaf: Production in Huron will begin in late March.

Lettuce Iceberg: Huron is scheduled to have production after the third week in March.

Berries (Strawberries): Salinas and Watsonville areas will be projected to start in the next few weeks depending on weather . Some shippers say mid April , some slightly sooner than that. We will keep you posted.

Berries (Blueberries): Chilean imports are winding down. some Shippers are reporting two more weeks and many reporting this to be their last week