Carrot crop should arrive on time; prices stable

04/26/2013 04:25:00 PM
Coral Beach

$imgObj.altTextCarrot plantings in Kern County are on schedule, with growers reporting a regular start to harvest in the second week of May.

“The Kern County crop looks fabulous,” said Scott LaPorta, chief operating officer for Bolthouse Farms Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.

LaPorta said Bolthouse planted more acres this year. He said demand is “nicely above” last year and predicted stable prices through the spring and summer.

“We’re starting to move out of the Imperial Valley now,” LaPorta said April 18. “We’re moving north and should be in Kern County around the second week of May.”

Similar reports came from Andrew Bianchi, sales manager for Kern Ridge Growers LLC, Arvin, Calif. He said the quality and volume of the carrot crop is looking very good.

“The size may be a little down, but the quality is high,” Bianchi said.

Pete Belluomini, vice president of farming for Lehr Bros. Inc., Edison, Calif., agreed the Kern County carrot crop is in fine shape. Lehr Bros. grows organic carrots for Kern Ridge Growers. Lehr Bros. also grows conventional carrots as well as thin-skinned and specialty potatoes and bell peppers.



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