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MARKET REPORT – November 6th

WEATHER UPDATE

High pressure out west will keep the region well above seasonal averages into mid-November. Near to slightly above normal temperatures and dry conditions look to continue across Mexico into next week. A couple of cold fronts move through Florida with moderate showers this week with cooler temperatures behind these systems next week.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California and Arizona trucks remain plentiful again this week. Washington apple trucks are steady as well as Idaho potato and onion trucks. The national average remained steady this week at 3.062 per gallon. California prices remained steady as well and are currently at $4.011 per gallon. Crude oil remained steady and is currently at $57.66 per barrel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Berries (Blackberries): Light numbers are still in effect with some shippers .

Berries (Strawberries): Market is active

Melon (Cantaloupe): The month of November will be a challenge as we await for offshore arrivals to provide relief.

Potatoes: Active markets in Idaho. Burbanks available with limited supply. Advanced lead time on russet orders is necessary.

Potatoes (Colored): Demand increasing for upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Markets expected to rise. Red B potatoes will become limited.

TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES

Lettuce Iceberg: Yuma has begun production. Other areas of production are Huron, Salinas and Santa Maria.

Berries (Strawberries): We are moving out of the Salinas Watsonville area over the next week or two

Melon (Cantaloupe): With the desert tapering off, we will begin to transition into offshore fruit. Arrivals are expected to hit the US next week in a light way.

A PEEK AT PEAK SEASONS

Berries (Strawberries): Santa Maria is past peak numbers and will steadily decline in the upcoming weeks. Oxnard will begin to pick up numbers mid December and into January