The California strawberry industry tallied up the storm damages caused by multiple atmospheric river storms from December 31, 2022, to January 25, 2023. From Ventura County in the south to Santa Cruz County in the north, the onslaught of rain, wind, and flooding caused an estimated $200 million in potential damages to California’s strawberry farms. These losses include crop, property, and equipment damage. Even though these are all preliminary estimates, farmers are encouraged to report any future damages attributed to the storms. The majority of these strawberry farms are family-owned, and the economic impact can be significant.
For the majority of the 31,852 strawberry acres in California that experienced minimal damage, the rain was a welcome change from the drought.
Peru imports of blueberries through Philadelphia and New York City area ports of entry are expected to decrease as most growers are finished for the season. Trading moderate for light supplies. Prices higher. Flats 12 1-pint cups with large lids, mostly 24.00-26.00. Quality variable.
The movement of blueberries through Arizona, California, and Texas is expected to increase. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices are generally unchanged. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly 14.00-16.00.
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