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What the numbers mean

This information, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, shows week-by-week shipments and f.o.b.s for commodities from  shipments for the fresh market. Protective services are extra unless otherwise stated. Shipments, in 1,000 cwt., are for weeks ending: 1st no. = Feb. 22; 2nd no. = Feb. 29; 3rd no. = March 5. Expected movement is for March 22 to April 4. F.o.b. prices are as of March 16.

Apples

YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2019 CROP — Shipments (1,161-1,281-1,344, Includes exports 335-353-373) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Fuji active at lower prices, others active. Prices Fuji lower, others generally unchanged. Washington Extra Fancy Carton tray pack Red Delicious 72-88s mostly 14.00-16.00, 100-113s 14.00-15.00; Golden Delicious fine appearance 72s mostly 26.00-30.00, 80s mostly 26.00-28.00, 88s mostly 22.00-26.00, 100s mostly 18.00-22.00; Fuji 64s mostly 20.00- 22.00, 72-80s mostly 18.00-22.00, 88s mostly 18.00-20.00, 100s mostly 15.00-17.00, 113s mostly 14.00-16.00; Granny Smith 64s mostly 18.00-20.00, 72-80s mostly 18.00-22.00, 88s 18.00-20.00, 100s mostly 17.00-19.00, 113-125s mostly 16.00-18.00; Gala 64-72s mostly 20.00-23.00, 80s 20.00-22.00, 88s mostly 18.00-20.00, 100s mostly 15.00-17.00, 113s 13.00-16.00, 125s mostly 13.00-15.00; Honeycrisp 56s mostly 26.00-32.90, 64s mostly 30.00-36.90, 72-80s 32.00-38.90, 88s mostly 30.00-36.90, 100s mostly 28.00-32.90. Cartons 12 3- pound film bags Red Delicious Washington Extra Fancy 2 1/2" minimum mostly 15.95-17.95; Golden Delicious 2 1/2" minimum mostly 16.95-18.95; Fuji 2 1/2" minimum mostly 15.95-17.95; Granny Smith 1/2" minimum mostly 18.95-20.95; Gala 2 1/2" minimum mostly 15.95-17.95; Honeycrisp 2 1/2" minimum mostly 30.95-34.95. ORGANIC cartons tray pack Gala Washington Extra Fancy 64-80s mostly 22.00-26.00, 88s mostly 20.00-24.00, 100s 18.00-20.00; cartons 12 3-pound film bags Gala 2 1/2" minimum mostly 18.95-20.95.

NEW YORK 2019 CROP — Shipments (85-91-88) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading Very Active. Prices Generally Unchanged. Fuji Cartons Tray Pack U.S. Extra Fancy 80s-88s mostly 26.00-27.00; Gala Cartons Tray Pack U.S. Extra Fancy 80s-88s mostly 26.00-30.00; McIntosh Cartons Tray Pack U.S. Extra Fancy 80s-88s mostly 27.00-28.00; Empire Cartons Tray Pack U.S. Extra Fancy 80s-88s mostly 23.50-26.00; Cortland Cartons Tray Pack U.S. Extra Fancy 80s-88s mostly 24.00-28.00. Cartons 12 3-pound Film Bags Red Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy mostly 16.00-19.00; Golden Delicious 19.00-21.00; Fuji U.S. Extra Fancy mostly 20.00-22.00; Gala U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum 20.00-23.00; McIntosh U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum mostly 18.00-22.00; Empire U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum mostly 18.00-22.00; Cortland U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum mostly 20.00-21.00.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (62-57-61) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices Unchanged. cartons 12 3-pound film bags U.S. Extra Fancy Gala mostly 18.00-20.00, Golden Delicious 16.00-20.00, Red Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Jonagold mostly 17.00- 18.00, McIntosh 15.00-18.00, Fuji mostly 19.00-21.00, Tray pack 88s McIntosh 22.00-26.00, Gala and Fuji 24.00-28.00, Red Delicious mostly 20.00-22.00, Golden Delicious 21.00-24.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT 2019 CROP — Shipments (23-29-35, Includes exports 0-1-1)— Movement sharply increased as retail demand exceeded supply due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Trading Moderate. Prices Unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-88s $20.00-22.00, 100s mostly $20.00-21.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s mostly $25.00-26.00; Fuji 80s-88s $29.00-31.00; and Granny Smith 80s-88s 27.00-29.00.

NEW ENGLAND 2019 CROP — Shipments (3-3-4) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Too few open market sales to establish a market.

Avocados

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS 2019 CROP Crossings — (491-372-334) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices Higher. Cartons 2 layer Hass 32-36s moslty 54.25-56.25, 40-48s mostly 53.25-55.25, 60s mostly 40.25-42.25, 70s mostly 28.25-30.25, 84s mostly 23.25-25.25. Extra services included.

CARIBBEAN IMPORTS — PORTS OF ENTRY SOUTH FLORIDA Imports via Boat — (9-9-22) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading Active. Prices Higher. From Dominican Republic; Cartons two layers Various Green skin Varieties 16-24s mostly 32.00-35.00.

SOUTH DISTRICT CALIFORNIA 2020 CROP — Shipments (74-86-U) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices 32-36s and 70s generally unchanged, others higher. Carton 2 layer Hass 32-36s mostly 54.25-56.25, 40-48s mostly 54.25-56.25, 60s mostly 42.25-44.25, 70s mostly 30.25-32.25, 84s mostly 20.25-22.25. Extra services included. (U = unavailable)

Blueberries

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS — Crossings (30-36*-31) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices Generally Unchanged. Flats 12 6-oz cups with lids mostly 20.00. Quality variable. Many present — Shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. (* revised)

CENTRAL AND NORTH FLORIDA 2020 CROP — Shipments (0-1-3) — Movement expected to increase as more growers get underway. Trading Very active for light supplies. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids large mostly 48.00-50.00, 6 ounce cups with lids large 26.00-28.00, ORGANIC 6 ounce cups with lids large mostly 34.00-35.00.

CHILE IMPORTS — PORT OF ENTRY LOS ANGELES AREA 2019 CROP Imports via Boat — (12-13*-U) — Movement expected to decrease as the season continues to wind down. Trading Trading active for light supplies. Prices Higher. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids large mostly 30.00- 36.00, 12 6-ounce medium-large mostly 22.00-24.00. ORGANIC 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large mostly 30.00-34.00, 12 6-ounce cups with lids medium-large 22.00-24.00. Quality variable. (* revised, U = unavailable)

Grapes

CHILE IMPORTS — PORT OF ENTRY PHILADELPHIA AREA 2020 CROP Imports via Boat — (507-316-473) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Fairly Active. Prices Higher. 18 lb containers bagged White Seedless Type exlge mostly 22.00, lge 20.00-22.00, med-lge mostly 16.00 Red Seedless exlge mostly 20.00-22.00, lge 18.00-20.00, med 14.00 16.00 Black Seedless jbo mostly 22.00, exlge 20.00-22.00, lge 18.00-20.00.

CHILE IMPORTS — PORT OF ENTRY LOS ANGELES AREA 2020 CROP Imports via Boat — (81-199-152) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Fairly Active. Prices White Seedless Type and Red Seedless Higher, Black Seedless Generally Unchanged. 18 lb containers bagged White Seedless Type jbo 24.00-26.00, exlge 22.00-24.00, lge 20.00-22.00, med mostly 16.00 Red Seedless jbo mostly 24.00, exlge 20.00- 22.00, lge 20.00-22.00, med-lge mostly 16.00 Black seedless jbo 22.00-24.00, exlge 20.00-22.00, lge 18.00-20.00.

PERU IMPORTS — PORTS OF ENTRY PHILADELPHIA AREA AND NEW YORK CITY AREA 2019 CROP Imports via Boat (83-2-5) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices Red Seedless and White Seedless Type Higher, Red Globe Unchanged. 18 lb containers bagged White Seedless Type jbo 24.00-26.00, exlge 22.00-24.00, lge 20.00-22.00, med-lge 16.00-18.00 Red Seedless exlge 22.00-24.00, lge 20.00-22.00, med 16.00-18.00 Red Globe Jbo 24.00-26.00, exlge 22.00-24.00, lge 20.00-22.00.

Lemons

CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments Moderate—Movement expected about the same. Trading Shippers First Grade 95-140s very active, First Grade 75s, 165-235s fairly active, others moderate. Prices Generally Unchanged. 7/10 bushel cartons Shippers First Grade 75s mostly 20.18-24.20, 95-140s mostly 22.18-25.20, 165s mostly 24.18-26.20, 200s mostly 23.18-26.20, 235s mostly 19.00-22.20; Shippers Choice 75s mostly 14.18-18.20, 95s mostly 15.18-19.20, 115s mostly 15.18-18.20, 140s mostly 18.18-22.20, 165s mostly 21.18-24.20, 200s mostly 20.18-24.20, 235s mostly 18.18-21.20. ORGANIC 7/10 bushel Shippers First Grade 75s mostly 27.18-32.20, 95s mostly 32.18-38.20, 115s mostly 28.18-34.20, 140s mostly 26.18-30.20, 165s mostly 24.18-30.98; Shippers Choice 95- mostly 20.18-24.20, 115s mostly 18.18-22.20, 140s mostly 18.18-20.20.

Oranges

FLORIDA — Shipments (72-71-86, Includes exports 3-3-5) — Prices not reported. — Shipments are for weeks ending February 15, February 22 and February 29 in that order.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES ARIZONA — Crossings (19-17-15) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Slow. Prices Generally Unchanged. 7/10 bushel cartons Valencia No Grade Marks 72s mostly 8.00-9.00, 88s mostly 9.00, 113s mostly 10.00, 138s mostly 9.00. Quality variable. CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments Heavy—Movement expected about the same. Supplies 113s Fairly Light. Trading Shippers First Grade 48-88s very active, First Grade 113-138s fairly active, others moderate. Prices Shipper First Grade and Choice 40-72s higher, others generally unchanged. 7/10 bushel cartons Navel Shippers First Grade 40s mostly 13.18-15.20, 48s mostly 15.18-17.20, 56s mostly 15.18-18.20, 72s 14.18-16.20, 88s mostly 12.18-14.20, 113s mostly 14.18-16.20, 138s 14.18-15.20; Shippers Choice 40s 10.18-11.20, 48s mostly 11.18-12.20, 56s mostly 10.18-12.20, 72s 10.18-12.20, 88s mostly 11.18-12.20, 113s mostly 12.18- 14.20, 138s mostly 12.18-13.20. ORGANIC 7/10-bushel cartons Navel Shippers First Grade 48s mostly 22.18-26.20, 56s mostly 24.18- 28.20, 72s mostly 22.18-28.20, 88-113s mostly 20.18-26.20; Shippers Choice 56s 17.18-20.50, 72-88s mostly 16.18-20.20.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (28-27*-U) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading early active, late very active. Prices Slightly Higher. 7/10 bushel cartons Valencia U.S. Combination 56-64s 16.65-17.98, 72s mostly 16.65-18.98, 88s 18.65- 18.98, 113s 19.98-21.65, 138s 18.98-21.65; Texas Choice 64s 15.65-16.98, 72s 15.65-17.98, 88s 17.65-17.98. Quality generally good. (* revised, U = unavailable)

Peaches

CHILE IMPORTS — PORT OF ENTRY PHILADELPHIA AREA 2019 CROP Imports via Boat — (19-6-6) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Moderate. Prices Slightly Lower. cartons/lugs 2 layer tray pack Various Yellow Flesh Varieties 30s -40s mostly 16.00 50s mostly 14.00, 9 kg containers loose Various Yellow Flesh Varieties 54-56 sz 15.00-17.00, 60-64 sz 14.00-16.00.

Raspberries

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS — Crossings (42-40*-39) — Movement expected to increase. Trading Active. Prices Generally Unchanged. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly 20.00-22.00. Quality generally good. Most present — Shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. (* revised)  

Strawberries

CENTRAL FLORIDA — Shipments (225-210-176, Includes organic 5-4-4) — Movement expected to slightly decrease. Trading Very Active. Prices Conventional Slightly Higher. Includes palletizing and precooling. Prices for flats 8 1-lb containers with lids medium mostly 12.90- 14.90, organic too few new sales to establish a market. LAST REPORT ON ORGANIC. Quality generally good.

OXNARD DISTRICT CALIFORNIA — Shipments (71-99-144) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early moderate, late very active. Prices Generally Unchanged. Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium mostly 16.00. Quality variable. Most present — Shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (132-98-81) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices Slightly Higher. Prices flats 8 1-pound containers with lids small-medium mostly 12.00-14.00. Quality and condition variable. Some berries being diverted to freezer and/or processor.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA CALIFORNIA — Crossings (39-41-46) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early moderate, late active. Prices Generally Unchanged. Flats 8 1-pound containers with lids medium 14.00-16.00. Quality variable. ORGANIC Available supplies in too few hands to establish a market.

SANTA MARIA DISTRICT — Shipments (17-12-13) — Movement expected about the same. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality and condition variable. The first F.O.B. report is expected to be issued the week of March 29.

Watermelons

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (86-104-84) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early active, late fairly active. Prices Generally Unchanged. Red Flesh Seedless type 24 inch bins per pound approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly .39. Quality variable.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES ARIZONA — Crossings (66-61-69) — Movement expected about the same. Trading Active. Prices much higher. Red Flesh Seedless type cartons per pound 4-6s mostly .42-.44; 24 inch bins approximately 35-45 counts mostly 280.00, approximately 60 count mostly 266.00-280.00. Quality variable.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — PORTS OF ENTRY SOUTH FLORIDA — Imports (86*-36*-23) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as shippers finish. Trading Moderate. Prices 6-8s slightly higher, 9s generally unchanged. By boat. Guatemala and Honduras. flat cartons Red Flesh Seedless Miniature type and Cartons Red Flesh Seedless type supply in too few hands to establish a market. Lighter arrivals expected to continue. LAST REPORT. (* revised)

FLORIDA SOUTH DISTRICT — Shipments (0-0-0) — Light harvest expected to start within 21 days. Expect sufficient number of growers for first F.O.B. within 28 days. FIRST REPORT.

 
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