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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is good with 95-100% color and nice shape and sheen. 

Volume: Production is steadily increasing as peak weeks begin.    

Pack Counts: Conventional: 12-14, 16-18, depending on ranch

Santa Maria

Quality: Conventional and organic quality is good, with occasional misshapen fruit. Frequency of misshapen fruit is decreasing with each harvest.  

Volume: Production is increasing steadily week over week.    

Pack Counts: Conventional spring crop: 10-14; Organic spring crop: 12-16, 16-20; Organic fall crop: 25-32

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Organic quality is good with nice color and sheen.  

Volume: Organic production is slowly starting. Conventional production has not yet started but shows strong flower and green fruit sets.  

Pack Counts: Organic: 16-18

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some soft and shriveled fruit due. Crews are doing a good job keeping packs clean.  

Volume: Volume is decreasing slightly for both conventional and organic fruit.

Oxnard

Quality: Quality of this organic crop is good with occasional soft or moldy fruit. Harvest crews are doing a good job keeping packs clean. 

Volume: Production is increasing toward peak volumes.

Georgia

Quality: Quality of conventional fruit is great. 

Volume: Production is increasing towards peak volumes in the next 1-2 weeks.

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some overripe fruit due to warm weather.  

Volume: Production is steady. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some overripe fruit due to recent warm weather.  

Volume: Production is steady.

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