Production was up 11% through mid-July, a good sign for autumn. Mild weather is the primary cause.
Volume was expected to run from 4 million to 5 million trays of fresh strawberries through August, beginning its seasonal dip in September to 3.5 million to 4 million.
Plantings in Oxnard are expected to pick up the slack for the fading Watsonville and Salinas deal as early as late September. Watsonville and Salinas typically end by November. As winter approaches, some growers will turn their focus to Mexico or Florida.
California pomegranate shipments could reach 4 million boxes, up from 3.5 million last year, said Jeff Simonian, vice president of sales and marketing for Simonian Fruit Co., Fowler.
Wonderfuls, the top variety in the state, accounting for more than 80% of pomegranate plantings, start about Oct. 5.
Other varieties, such as early foothills, granadas, early wonderfuls and Angel Reds — hit the supply pipeline in August or September.