Squash purchases slipped three percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
State Garden Co. Inc., is expanding its salads line.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Southern Corporate Packers Inc., is increasing acreage, growing some new items and expanding production of a commodity that isn’t widely grown in the fall.
The Butterkin, a new winter squash variety, is now shipping.
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.
A temperature tracking system to help ensure quality deliveries of strawberries can be used with other fresh produce items.More Packer Stories for Squash
Market Scope - Squash — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (55-111-97) — Movement expected about the same. Trading slow. Prices lower. 4/7-bushel cartons zucchini small and small-medium mostly $8.95, medium $5-6.95; yellow straightneck small and small-medium mostly $6.95, medium mostly $5.95; gray small and small-medium $6.95-8.95, medium mostly $5.95-6.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons large zucchini mostly $4.95-5, yellow straightneck mostly $4.95-5.95. Quality and condition variable.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (34-35-37) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early active, late slow. Prices lower. Half- and 5/9-bushel cartons zucchini small $12.35-14.85, medium $10.35-12.85; yellow straightneck small $12.35-14.85, medium $10.35-12.85; ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small mostly $16.35-16.85, medium mostly $12.35-12.85.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (1-0-2) — Light shipments have begun. Sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report were expected by the week of Oct. 20. Quality generally good.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (1-1-0) — Movement expected to continue decreasing as many shippers are finished for the season. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Half- and 5/9-bushel cartons zucchini small $8.35-10.35, medium $6.35-8.35; ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small $16.35-18.35, medium $12.35.
LEXINGTON DISTRICT, S.C. — Shipments (3-1-X) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices Oct. 21, compared to Oct. 14, N/A. Half-bushel carton zucchini green small N/A, medium N/A. ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small N/A, medium N/A. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. LAST REPORT. Quality good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings light — Movement of acorn and butternut expected to increase seasonally. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Nov. 3.