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MARKET REPORT – November 14, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE

High Pressure continues out west with cool mornings and warm afternoons across
the region. In Southern California strong winds continue to push devastating
wildfires thorough the region as winds begin to taper off the latter part of the
week. The dry air brigs cold mornings from Central Mexico into the southwestern
desert regions. Morning lows begin to warm through the rest of the week. A
frontal system moves through Florida today with periods of rain mainly in the
northern half of the state. Cold air behind this system will bring the coolest
temperatures of the season with low to mid 30s expected in the coldest inland
areas in the northern part of the state

FREIGHT UPDATE

California trucks have tightened up and look to remain tight until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Trucks in Yuma are tight as well. Washington apple, Idaho potato and onion trucks remain extremely tight and will stay that way until after the first of the year. The national average on diesel remained steady this week and is currently at 3.317 per gallon. An increase of .402 from this time last year.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Potatoes (colored): Transportation is limited.

Stone Fruit: Nectarines and Peaches are done for the season.

Tomatoes (Western): Roma and Grape tomato crossing into the U.S. from Mexico have been significantly reduced from Hurricane weather events in past weeks. In addition, there is currently a cold front that as moved into Eastern Mexico causing evening temperatures to dip into the high 20’s and low 30’s. Mexico is expecting 3 to 4 more nights of freezing/near-freezing temperatures that will have a direct impact on tomato crops the remainder of the year.

TEMPERATURES AND TRANSITIONS

Berries (Strawberries): Mexico production continues to improve. Florida just started scratching the surface this week. We expect to see better supplies moving forward.

 

Berries (Strawberries): Mexico production continues to improve. Florida just started scratching the surface this week. We expect to see better supplies moving forward.