Harvest season is upon us and it came earlier than usual. Wine grapes ripened 10-12 days earlier than usual according to Paul Verdegaal, University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm adviser for San Joaquin County. He stated it was a result of the increased rainfall during last October through December, despite the drought, in combination with warm weather during the winter. This seems to be the trend even for tree nuts as harvesting began during the first few weeks of August. Our high hopper, low hopper, and grape tank trailers were being picked up much earlier as a result and by the third week in August all the trailers have gone out to the fields to pick up their harvest. For more of the story click here.
California walnuts start season with a slow start mostly due to a decrease in exports. There is an estimated 20 percent decrease in orders from aboard according to Todd Fitchette at the Western Farm Press. This can be attributed to many factors such as increased price per pound, the US dollar gaining strength in many countries, and other countries producing walnuts at a lower price. In 2014 there was an estimated all time high price and demand for walnuts but unfortunately the demand was not as great as anticipated and the yield was 3% higher than projected. This may impact the high hopper rentals for us this year, although the farmers say that they are not expecting to lose money this year. They think that although they may not get the high prices they once expected they will still sell their product making a comfortable profit. Thus, we are looking forward towards once again successful year for us and our customers. To read more on Western Farm Press click here.
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The almond season began with a boom with its early harvest. Our trailers went out on average about two weeks earlier than usual with farmers expecting a larger crop than the previous year. However, the projections fell short and there was about 13% less production than originally predicted. The outcomes, although not attaining the sky high projections, were on par with production from 2013 of 1.80-1.85 billion pounds. In addition quality is reportedly a bit better than it was last year with better nut count size. For the most part the almond trailers have been returned and we are now starting to begin work on the trailers for the next year. To read more click here or here.
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Grape season is underway which means the grape tanks trailers are being picked up for the season. California wine grapes are most likely set to mark four billion tons for 2014 according to Allied Grape Growers (AGG) Vice President, Jeff Bitters. He said that California wine is recognizable for its high quality and great taste. Approximately 10% of the world’s wine is produced in California and 400 million cases are sold in the United States. While there is an optimistic outlook based on current trajectories, there are a few challenges facing the industry. They include increased land cost, increased labor cost, and competition from foreign wine markets as well as other alcoholic beverages. To read more click here.
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The market for California pistachios has been growing rapidly especially to meet the demand in China. The growing middle class in China has begun to enjoy and buy more and more pistachios. As the only other two countries which grow pistachios, Iran and Syria, are in turmoil, California growers have ramped up their production to meet the demand. According to The Sacramento Bee, the number of acres dedicated to pistachios in California has grown from 100,000 to 240,000 as of 2001 which has more than doubled the number of pistachio acreage in just over 10 years. In addition to the growing demand, there has also been a surge in the price which makes this crop very attractive to farmers making this gamble. Thus farmers are betting that the demand for these green nuts will continue on and hopefully other countries will begin to enjoy these “happy nuts.” With all the new plantings we are expecting to have an increase in demand for low hoppers for the years to come. Click Here to Read More