2012 Crops and Markets News

12/28/2012 10:36:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

AUGUST

Labor Day may not see enough corn and watermelons, sources say ... Michigan’s apple crop is down 85% from 2011 while New York’s plummets 52% ... Mexico greenhouse producers debate tomato suspension agreement ... Conventional produce supporters and researchers question if organic is better for consumers ... Organic produce and fresh fruit post gains in retail sales ...

SEPTEMBER

The tomato suspension agreement between Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. appears to be doomed, potentially opening new trade frictions ... More potatoes may start crossing the U.S. border to Mexico... China trade moves worry Washington apple leaders ...

OCTOBER

Greenhouse growers enter U.S.-Mexico tomato dispute ... Supplies of some Thanksgiving produce favorites could be light this year ... Mexican growers propose higher tomato floor prices ... Hurricane Sandy doesn’t widely disrupt crop production but does hamper produce distribution throughout the Northeast ...

NOVEMBER

Despite regional losses, apple holdings increase 4% overall, thanks in large part to a gigantic Washington crop ... Sources report there should be ample cranberries and potatoes for Christmas but clementines may be in short supply ... California ponders a quarantine after a new citrus psyllid find ... Florida starts strawberry harvest a week early ...

DECEMBER

California is restricting citrus fruit and plants in Tulare County after two recent Asian citrus psyllid detections.


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