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From Florida’s Sun Sentinel Newspaper… Florida's agriculture commissioner said last Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.

Florida’s agricultural business has been devastated for the fall crop.  Expect the slack to be picked up by Mexican shippers, but with the much more limited supplies and higher freight costs, markets will reflect the shortages this season, especially going into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Idaho potato growers finished with their harvest and have the potatoes in the warehouse.

Evidence from California’s recent heat wave is expected to linger in leaf items for the next 2-3 weeks.

Q:  If it took six pigs two hours to eat the apples in the orchard, how many hours would it take three pigs?

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Ford's Produce Supply Update
September 25, 2017 Edition

From Florida’s Sun Sentinel Newspaper… Florida's agriculture commissioner said last Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.  Florida crops took between 80 and 90 percent losses in parts of the state after Hurricane Irma flattened greenhouses, toppled trees and flooded pastures as it tore through the state’s most fruitful regions, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday. Putnam warned that the damage means Florida vegetables wouldn’t be feasted on during Thanksgiving meals this year, as farmers are scrambling to get crops replanted in hopes for a December harvest.  “…If that window closes, it may be filled by foreign competition — Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and they’ll be out of luck for the whole year.”  Among the hardest hit crops: avocados and ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County, along with field crops such as eggplants, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Florida’s agricultural business has been devastated for the fall crop.  Expect the slack to be picked up by Mexican shippers, but with the much more limited supplies and higher freight costs, markets will reflect the shortages this season, especially going into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Citrus from Florida will be extremely short, as they continue to lose acreage from the greening disease and then had 50-70% of what was left blown onto the ground during Irma.  We’ll be heavily reliant on California citrus growers for their fruit this winter.

Idaho potato growers finished with their harvest and have the potatoes in the warehouse.  They’re getting a better feel for the volume of potatoes this year, and have dropped prices for the coming week.  Supplies and quality are expected to be nice for the season.  On the other hand, Idaho’s onion harvests were underway last week when a heavy rain fell and curtailed harvest, creating a gap in production and therefore supply.  Prices jumped with the shorter supplies as shippers struggled to fill orders.

Evidence from California’s recent heat wave is expected to linger in leaf items for the next 2-3 weeks.  Quality issues have been a regular occurance in the weakened products and will be with us a bit longer.

Q:  If it took six pigs two hours to eat the apples in the orchard, how many hours would it take three pigs?
A:  None, because the six pigs have already eaten them all.

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