Grower-shippers expect ample high-quality supplies of most Thanksgiving produce staples this year, with green beans the notable exception.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Despite slogging through heavy early fall rains that disrupted plantings and kept growers from entering their fields, Florida grower-shippers expect fall harvesting to begin on-time as usual for most crops.
Knight Management Inc., a south Florida grower-shipper of sweet corn and green beans, plans to sell its operations to a sugar processing company.
Though cabbage, sweet corn and cucumbers are starting late, growers expect to begin harvesting other summer New York vegetables on time.
Buyers should expect later starts for The Empire State’s sweet corn and cucumber deals, while green beans should begin harvesting on time but with lower volume.More Packer Stories for Beans
Market Scope - Beans — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-6-16) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers expected to begin to harvest the week of Oct. 20. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices lower. Bushel cartons/crates machine-picked $18.35-20.85.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (8-9-9) — Imports via boat from Guatemala. Movement remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 5-pound cartons haricots verts (French-type) mostly $5-6. Quality variable.
EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (7-5-4) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices lower. Bushel cartons/crates cooled round green-type machine-picked $16.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (0-0-1) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading active. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons round green-type handpicked mostly $35.95-36.95. Quality generally good.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Light shipments were expected to begin by the week of Oct. 20 with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report by the week of Oct. 27.