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October 2nd – MARKET REPORT

WEATHER UPDATE

High pressure builds out west into the weekend with a slight warm-up in temperatures. A series of weak low-pressure systems look to move into the region as we move into a fall weather pattern. A weakening tropical depression moving up the west coast of Mexico will bring showers and possible thunderstorms as it continues to dissipate over the higher terrain. Cooler temperatures continue across southwestern desert regions following the heavy rains last week. A slight chance of thunderstorms is possible as remnant moisture streams in from the south. High pressure over the southeast continues to produce warm temperatures across Florida with scattered showers possible in the afternoons.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California trucks remain steady again this week. Washington apple trucks are adequate as well as Idaho potato trucks. The national average remained steady this week at 3.066 per gallon. California prices remained steady as well and are currently at $3.976 per gallon. Crude oil dropped a little and is currently at $52.76 per barrel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Grapes (Green): Green grape availability is expected to decrease as we move toward transition.

Melon (Cantaloupe): Due to recent storms in Maricopa County, expect harvest delays and or quality issues.

Onions: Rain and cold temperatures curtailed harvests this past weekend. Weather to improve late week.

Potatoes: Cold weather and rain curtailing harvests

Stone Fruit: Nectarines are done, peaches are limited and plums are steady.

TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES

Berries (Strawberries): Oxnard is beginning to produce better numbers and should continue to do so in the upcoming weeks

Grapes (Red): We anticipate import fruit to start by mid to late November.

Grapes (Green): We anticipate import grape to start coming in by mid to late November.

Stone Fruit: Import stone fruit will start in December.

Melon (Cantaloupe): There will be some overlap as there will be three growing regions going this month. California finishing up, the desert just starting, and Mexico to follow.

Potatoes (Colored): North Dakota has started with reds; yellow starting next week. Minnesota and Michigan winding down.