March 23, 2018

Straight Talk: Weeks 12, 13, 14

Supply Forecast:  March 18th – April 7th 

Another wave of cold wet weather hit Huron and Salinas this week. Previous damage sustained from a period of freezing temperatures at the end of February and beginning of March has translated to reduced industry supplies and firming markets. Depending on the severity of the next round of forecasted storms, it’s reasonable to expect some harvest delays during this period. Looking further out, any sustained periods of wet weather will create planting delays for late May/early June harvest dates.

As the end of the desert deal rapidly approaches, the transition northward to California goes into full swing. Broccoli and Cauliflower have already started their shift to Salinas. Our first harvest of lettuce and leafy greens started Monday (3/19) in Huron. The initial production in Huron is exhibiting varying degrees of blister and peal from previously freezing temperatures. This will drive weights and sizing smaller than targeted levels. Lighter weight expectations will likely drive up processor consumption of acres and keep overall industry availability tight for the coming weeks. Grower/shippers that attempt to make the direct jump from Yuma to Salinas may experience larger production shortfalls than those who bridge the two regions with Huron supply.

Tanimura & Antle is positioned well to meet reasonable customer demand. Expectations are for strong market conditions and reduced industry supplies to continue through this transition period.


Did You Know? 

Tanimura & Antle’s bed preparation is a science.

The preparation of crop beds is the most important task for producing high quality vegetables at Tanimura & Antle. During the bed preparation process optimum soil texture and moisture levels are maintained, while the bed width, height and length are calculated based on the crop type, irrigation method and harvest logistics. The width of the beds are also dependant on the number of rows of crop per bed. For example, for Artisan lettuces, romaine and other row crops that commonly use drip irrigation are planted with beds 80-inches wide and accommodate 6-8 rows per bed. Whereas, broccoli and cauliflower are planted with beds 40-inch wide due to multiple harvest processes, and the length of the beds depend upon water pressure in the drip lines.


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Chuck Schreiber, Director of Export Sales

Chuck Schreiber graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and began his 25-year career at Tanimura & Antle as a sales intern. Throughout his tenure with the company, Chuck has worn many hats including Lettuce Harvest Intern (cutter), Export Sales, Director of International Sales, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and for the last 14 years Director of Export, including SACA.

“When I started as an intern I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by experienced veterans who taught me to take ownership and not be afraid to fail. When you are afraid to move forward, you end up not going anywhere.”

When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Chuck responded by saying that he appreciates the fact that something different occurs every day; and that he is able to work with a large, diverse group of people from many different cultures. “God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak,” he added – making the point that he values the diversity that surrounds him.

Chuck met his wife, Carmen Juarez, at Tanimura & Antle and together they have four beautiful children. His favorite thing to do outside of work is to spend time with his family; he also enjoys coaching junior high school basketball and little league.

Something few people know about Chuck is that he has an identical twin brother. “So if you see me outside of work, and I don’t say “hi”, it’s probably not me!”