But all things considered, it's been a good year so far

San Joaquin Valley citrus growers see smaller fruit and yields

Matt Fisher, a San Joaquin Valley citrus farmer with groves stretching from Orange Cove to south of Bakersfield: "It's been a very difficult summer. It's one of those seasons where you're fighting every single day to make sure you have supply. And yet when you look up at this time of year and you actually see how well you did, and you see the lack of size in the fruit," he continued, "it's a pretty big deal that you realize how short you were."

Ryan Davis, president of Porterville Citrus in Terra Bella, said the growing season from his perspective has gone well, ‘though crop set is down 14%-15%’. Davis added: "There's a large percentage of folks that are experiencing a tremendous amount of pressure, from pumps going down, in terms of wells going dry, and limitations to a lot of irrigation districts.”

"We experienced a pretty nice summer Valencia run in terms of FOB (freight on board), and movement on the last third increased to satisfactory levels," Davis said. "The startup to this navel season has got a pretty well-balanced, good feel to the market in terms of moving both grades and mid- to smaller size structure up to this point."

All things considered, it's been a good year so far, Davis said.

Source: agalert.com


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