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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Florida

Harvest Status: Plants are healthy; light harvests are anticipated to begin in week 47.  

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with healthy plants, a strong flower set and occasional overripe fruit. 

Volume: Production is increasing as the season starts. Volume is estimated to increase significantly near week 47.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 24-28 

Santa Maria

Quality: Stress to the plants and fruit from extreme fluctuations of hot and cold weather over the past 8 weeks is becoming apparent. Quality is fair with some pin rot, deformed tips and seedy fruit.  

Volume: Volume is forecasted to decrease throughout the remainder of the season due to ongoing pest pressure and past weather events.  

Pack Counts: Conventional Fall Crop: 20-26; Organic Fall Crop: 26-32-34 depending on ranch; Organic Spring Crop: 28-32  

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Quality is fair with some green fruit and decay. The season is expected to wind down over the next few weeks because of heat, rain, and pest pressure.  

Volume: Production is starting to wrap up for the season; volume will decrease into November.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 20-24; Organic: 28-32 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Argentina/
Uruguay

Quality: Quality is good on arrival.  

Volume: Production is steady with peak production expected in early November.  

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with excellent size and bloom.  

Volume: Production is increasing.  

Peru

Quality: Quality is excellent.  

Volume: Production is steady and expected to increase in early November.  

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with nice size and firm fruit. Occasional broken and/or green fruit. 

Volume: Production is slowly increasing.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is fair. 

Volume: Production is decreasing as the season winds down.  

 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is very good with nice size. 

Volume: Production is steady. Peak volumes forecasted for December. 

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good.  

Volume: Slight increase in volume.  

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