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Hunts Point Produce Market on point with new branding
New York City’s Hunts Point Produce Market, the largest produce market in the world, has officially launched its rebrand and new website. After more than 200 years in the business, the market leaders collectively decided to forge into the future with a definitive purpose: to continue to meet customer needs of today while Read More ...
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USDA files action for $1 million PACA violation
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Sunrays grapes to hit stores this winter
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Congdon Orchards joins Sage Fruit Co.
Sage Fruit Co. will add Congdon Orchards to its team of grower-packer-shippers of Washington tree fruit, effective Aug. 1. Congdon joins Sage Fruit to enhance the marketing, sales and distribution of its fruit. Through this new partnership, Sage Fruit will add considerable volume of Washington state apples, pears and Read More ...

Parts of Oregon and Washington can expect excessive heat today and tomorrow. In Oregon the entire length of the Willamette Valley from Eugene up to Portland will see high temps today and tomorrow in the upper 90s with some isolated 100-degree temps. This is about 10 degrees above Monday’s highs. This valley is a big player in the berry markets this time of year and these warm temps might cause a bump in production.weat

The Wenatchee and Yakima valleys of Washington will also see high temps in the mid- to upper 90s this week. Items coming from these regions may also see a small spike in production. Temps in Washington will cool off on Sunday of this week.

EXCESSIVE HEAT CONTINUES IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
The latest heat wave to hit the San Joaquin Valley, which started Sunday, will continue through tomorrow. Max temps up and down the valley are ranging from 103 to 106 depending on the day and location, which could lead to a possible bump in production.

LATE WINTER HEAT WAVE IN CHILE
Major Chilean fruit-growing regions are currently experiencing a late winter heat wave. The high temps are ranging from the upper 70s to the mid-80s and lows in the mid-50s. Today will be the peak of the heat wave that started late last week and will continue through tomorrow. These temps are 15 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. By the weekend highs will be back down in the 60s and mins in the low 40s.

HURRICANE CENTRAL
The main concern now is Tropical Storm Dorian, which is just off the northern coast of South America, making its way west toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic where it should hit sometime Thursday morning. There is about a 90 percent chance of the storm forming a cyclone. Rains along the way will range from three to nine inches. If the storm makes it through the island of Hispanola intact then there may be a chance it makes landfall somewhere in Florida this weekend.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)

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