Lower acreage marks bell pepper season - The Packer

Lower acreage marks bell pepper season

11/02/2012 03:43:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Wimauma, planned to begin bell pepper harvesting in late October.

Jeff Williams, president, said central and south Florida volume should be lower this season.

He said he wasn’t sure how much but said he is hearing that acreage should be down and blamed the decline on last year’s disappointing markets.

Williams said the transition from south Georgia to Florida usually works well.

Hearne grows bell peppers in Cecil, Ga.

“They look great,” Williams said in mid-October. “The quality looks good. It looks like it should be a good crop.”

Calvert Cullen, president of Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., Cheriton, Va., said he expects a smooth transition from south Georgia to central Florida.

“We have set it up so, plant-wise, we should transition well barring any extreme weather problems or losses,” Cullen said in mid-October. “Georgia is going well. Volume’s been good.”

Southern Corporate Packers Inc. plans to begin harvesting its bell pepper on time in early to mid-November.

“The bell peppers are coming along beautifully,” Brian Arrigo, president, said in early October.

Gary Wishnatzki, president and chief executive officer of Plant City-based Wish Farms, said Georgia usually ships into mid-November.

“The crop looks very good,” Wishnatzki said in mid-October. “Our spring season was very good. We had good pricing and are hoping the fall will be good too.”

Wish grows in central Florida as well as in south Florida during the winter on Pine Island, near Fort Myers.

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