U.S.: Unseasonal rains in Florida, Georgia may cause price spikes

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U.S.: Unseasonal rains in Florida, Georgia may cause price spikes

Unseasonal rains in the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia are likely to affect harvests and maybe cause a spike in pricing across many commodities, according to Weathermelon.

The company said that there are high probabilities of rain every day for the next 10 days, with daily rain totals ranging from 0.25 - 1 inch. This type of daily rain usually doesn’t arrive to these parts until sometime in June, it said.

Commodities out of Florida that could be affected include watermelons, cantaloupes, bell peppers, and tomatoes, while Georgia is in the middle of its blueberry season, with the peach season now getting underway.

"The rain is forecasted through at least next Friday. Blueberries out of Florida are pretty much done for the season," Weathermelon said.


Meanwhile, a small cool front expected to move through California today through next Tuesday, with the central coastal growing regions of Salinas/Watsonville and Santa Maria seeing below average temperatures with highs in the low 60s.

"These regions are the big players in Strawberries and lettuces right now," Weathermelon said.


The company said grape-growing regions of northern Sonora, Mexico and California's Coachella Valley are experiencing "perfect weather" right now, with highs ranging from the mid-90s to low 100s and minimums in the 60s. 

"Mexico is now the main player with production out of Chile nearing the end of its run and Coachella Valley just getting going," it said.

"Once Coachella starts up in earnest later this month they should knock Chile out of the market. There are no weather issues in Mexico or Coachella in the near future."


For Cantaloupes and Honeydews, it said markets remain fairly strong as Central America imports are coming to an end.

Florida is experiencing weather issues with the rain and the desert regions of southern California and western Arizona are just now getting started.

"The good thing is the southwest is experiencing perfect weather with highs in the upper 90s and minimum temps in the mid-60s from Yuma west to Imperial Valley. We should see good volumes on these items by the end of the month," it said.


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