Because many other areas are in squash production during the New York season, Turek said he doesn’t expect any abnormal demand or markets.
“Unless someone has some serious weather issues, marketing can be kind of mundane in the month of August,” he said. “Consistent demand and steady supplies are what we’re looking for.”
Because of heavy rains that struck during plantings, Turek said last year was a disastrous season.
He said the King Ferry, N.Y.-based grower-shipper was forced to abandon planting up to 500 acres.
Torrey Farms planned to begin harvesting in mid-July, as usual.
“The first fields look excellent,” Kyle said. “There are a lot of blossoms on it. Our fields look good so far.”
Last season, after rain-caused planting gaps and disease led to limited supplies, markets soared into the mid-$20s, she said.
On July 14, the USDA reported that ½-bushel cartons of Michigan zucchini sold for $6.85-8.85 and mediums sold for $4.85-5.85. Yellow straightnecks received $8.85-10.85 for smalls and $6.85-8.85 for mediums.
Last year in mid-July, the USDA reported ½-bushel cartons of Michigan zucchini received $12.85-13.85 for small and $10-11.85 for medium. Yellow straightneck smalls received $14.85-16.85 and mediums received $12.85-14.85.