Shippers predict steady supplies of Georgia vegetables

08/31/2012 11:11:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

We had good sound prices through the spring.”

In mid-August, Schwalls said prices were low.

Schwalls quoted $8-10 from Michigan.

According to the USDA, 1 1/9 bushel cartons of waxed medium cucumbers from Michigan in late August sold for $18-18.85.

Georgia cucumbers normally start in early to mid-September.

Sweet corn, green beans

Hugh H. Branch Inc., Pahokee, Fla., was planting its corn and beans in mid-August.

Gary Stafford, salesman and green beans manager, said his company planned to begin corn harvesting in early October and start beans in the middle of the month.

Stafford said he expects Branch’s corn acreage in Bainbridge, Ga., and bean plantings in Poulan, Ga., to remain consistent with last year.

He said growers tell him plantings are going well.

Stafford said the late summer corn deal was seeing strong prices.

“Demand has been very good,” he said in mid-August. “Supply has been shorter than normal the last couple of weeks because warm weather has everything ahead of schedule.”

In late August, the USDA reported wirebound crates of 4-4½ dozen yellow and white corn from Hudson Valley New York selling for $10.35-11.35, with bicolor fetching $9.35-10.85.

On beans, the USDA in mid-August reported $13.35-14 for bushel cartons/crates of round green beans from western North Carolina.  

Eggplant

Calvert Cullen, president of Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., Cheriton, Va., which also grows and ships from Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, said buyers should expect higher prices.

He said Michigan could produce less volume.

“The heat has had an effect on some of these guys, plus there isn’t as much acreage planted,” Cullen said in mid-August. “There’s less production, particularly in Michigan.”

Cullen said late summer prices were strong.

According to the USDA, 1 1/9-bushel cartons of medium-sized eggplant, including wrapped, from Michigan in late August sold for $7-8.85.

Quality is strong, Schwalls said.

Cabbage

Cabbage growers were planting in mid- and late August.

Georgia normally plans to begin cabbage harvesting Nov. 1.

Citing $5 for 50-pound cartons of medium green cabbage from western and central New York, Northampton’s Cullen in mid-August said prices were low.

In late August, the USDA reported prices increasing to $7-9 for the same quantities in the same producing regions.

Georgia’s cabbage production typically runs through early January.


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