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California navel season winds down

The California navel season is nearing its end with growers expecting to ship through the end of May.

According to a crop report from Markon Cooperative BB #:123315, supplies of smaller sizes (113s and 138s) are tightening, with elevated prices expected for the remainder of the navel season.

Charts by Agtools

Navels

  • California Navels are expected to ship through the end of May
  • Small sizes (113- and 138-count fruit) are diminishing as the crop matures
  • Quality and taste are exceptional
  • Sugar levels range from 10 to 12 Brix

Valencias

  • California’s Valencia harvest will begin around the first week of May and run through September
  • Expect stocks to be dominated by larger 72- and 88-count sizes
  • Sugar levels are forecast to range from 10.5 to 12 Brix

Greg Johnson is Director of Media Development for Blue Book Services