Record Apples Part 2

Record Apples Part 2

Record Apples Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

The last 2 months of 2010 were good months for apple sales and Dan Kelly, Assistant Manager; Washington Growers Clearing House says January looks good as well.

KELLY: We’re just maybe on pace to break not a record month but a record for the month of January. We’re going to be really close on that one. Two weeks ago we had the third largest week ever on record. The numbers are just amazing and at the same time with that good of movement the pricing is staying at a good level.

I’m sure that has apple producers smiling a bit. 

KELLY: We’re a couple of dollars ahead of last year at this time. About even with 2 years ago but 2 years ago we were going through a slide at this time in other words we started too high and ended up with more fruit than we expected so then the price started to get on the slide.

One big question is how the Mexico tariff has affected sales.

KELLY: Currently in our exports to Mexico, which is the number one export market for apples and pears both, that market is still moving a fair amount of product. We’re a little ahead of last year at this point but what’s happening to us is we’re not getting as much money because of the tariff so we’re still leaving money on the table with that deal until they solve this trucking issue.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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