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June/15th/2009

Our Northwest Crops

Peas: Pea harvest started in the Columbia Basin week of June 3rd. Quality has been good to this date, although some processors are reporting some lower grade peas have been processed already. Temperatures have been in the range of mid 80 degree F which is ideal for peas.

Green Beans: The crop is still a week behind in the Willamette Valley due to previous rains. It should begin approximately July 15th. Yield is expected to be down.

Corn: Approximately 75 pct of the corn acreage has been planted now. Recent warmer temperatures may speed up the start of harvest to July 15th.

Carrots: The harvest is still expected to begin around July 10th for sliced and baby whole carrots. Harvest conditions to this date are favorable with no adverse conditions. 

Potatoes: Overall acreage is down about 6 pct from last year in the Columbia Basin. Processors are waiting to see if there will be any shifts in the U.S. economy before they announce their pricing for 2009 crop.

Blueberries: The warmer weather in beginning of June has helped both Oregon and Washington crops. In Oregon berries are forming well. Other areas in the U.S. are also reporting good crops. The USDA cold storage report shows over a 50 pct increase in supply compared to last year at this time. All indications are pointing to lower prices this year.

Raspberries: Recent warmer weather has helped the crop catch up to usual harvest year start date of around July 4th. The earlier signs of a short crop now seem to be pointing to an average sized harvest.

Our Mexican and Guatemalan Crops

Broccoli/Mexico: Raw material is coming from North of Guanajuato State. The quality of the raw material being received is good; however quantity being received is still limited due to rainy season.

Broccoli/ Guatemala: Harvest will begin around June 22nd and the raw material will be received from the Central High Lands known as “Patzun.” Recent weather has been warm and sunny which is an excellent condition for our broccoli crops.

Did you know…
Ichiro Suzuki of Aichi-ken Japan has had a great end of May and beginning of June for the Seattle Mariners. His 27 game hitting streak ended on June 5th but that was enough to make a Seattle Mariner record. No other Seattle Mariner has ever had a hitting record go for so many games! Great job Ichiro-we know your country men (and women) are very proud of you, and so is Seattle!!

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