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TROPICALS — F.O.B.S AS OF SEPT. 8

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (36*-36*-38) — Imports from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices calabaza, ginger root and malanga higher; yams (white) lower; chayote, taro eddoes, dasheen, yams (yellow) and yuca generally unchanged. Calabaza 50-pound sacks mostly $13-14. Chayote 20-pound cartons mostly $8.50, 40-pound cartons mostly $14-15. Ginger root 30-pound cartons mostly $40-41. Malanga 40-pound cartons blanca (large) mostly $33-35, lila (large) mostly $25-26. Taro 40-pound cartons eddoes mostly $38-39; dasheen 40-pound cartons (large) mostly $54-55, 50-pound sacks (medium) mostly $16. Yams (name) 45-pound cartons yellow mostly $54-55, 50-pound cartons white mostly $24-25. Yuca (cassava) 40-pound cartons mostly $14.50-15.50. Quality good. *revised.

CARIBBEAN IMPORTS — Imports (3-3-2) — Imports from the Dominican Republic. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Coconut 65- to 70-pound sacks 40s mostly $23-24. Quality good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (4-4-5) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. 40-pound cartons chayote mostly $10-11.50. Quality variable.



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Kern County Produce

Carrot crop should arrive on time; prices stable

Carrot plantings in Kern County are on schedule, with growers reporting a regular start to harvest in the second week of May.

“The Kern County crop looks fabulous,” said Scott LaPorta, chief operating officer for Bolthouse Farms Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.

LaPorta said Bolthouse planted more acres this year. He said demand is “nicely above” last year and predicted stable prices through the spring and summer.

“We’re starting to move out of the Imperial Valley now,” LaPorta said April 18. “We’re moving north and should be in Kern County around the second week of May.”

Similar reports came from Andrew Bianchi, sales manager for Kern Ridge Growers LLC, Arvin, Calif. He said the quality and volume of the carrot crop is looking very good.

“The size may be a little down, but the quality is high,” Bianchi said.

Pete Belluomini, vice president of farming for Lehr Bros. Inc., Edison, Calif., agreed the Kern County carrot crop is in fine shape. Lehr Bros. grows organic carrots for Kern Ridge Growers. Lehr Bros. also grows conventional carrots as well as thin-skinned and specialty potatoes and bell peppers.


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