Squash purchases slipped three percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
Sunshine State growers are increasing vegetable acreage.
Pepper grower-shipper Prime Time International is adding cucumbers and hard squash to its offerings through an exclusive marketing agreement with San Diego-based Vantaggio Farming Corp.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — A warmer than normal winter is accelerating growth of Florida crops.
Al Harrison Co. taps procurement director Jose Gomez has been named procurement director at Nogales, Ariz.-based Al Harrison Co.
Supplies and pricing on squash out of Mexico could be a moving target into March, as grower-shippers’ opinions vary on the speed of recovery from January freezes.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings soft squash (106-131-111) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading zucchini moderate, yellow straightneck slow. Prices lower. 4/7-bushel cartons zucchini small and small-medium mostly $7.95-9.95, medium $6.95-8.95; yellow straightneck small and small-medium mostly $5.95-7.95, medium mostly $4.95-6. Quality and condition variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings hard squash (62-77-45) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading slow. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons acorn small mostly $4.95-6.95, medium $7.95-10, large mostly $9.95-10.95; butternut $8.95-10.95, medium $10.95-12.95, large $12.95-14.95; kabocha small mostly $3.95-5.95, medium $3.95-5.95, large mostly $4.95-6.95. Quality and condition variable.
ALL FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (48-46-36) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading yellow straightneck moderate, others active. Prices yellow straightneck lower, others generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. Half-bushel cartons zucchini small mostly $12.35, medium mostly $10.35, yellow straightneck small mostly $12.35, medium mostly $10.35; ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small mostly $14.35, medium mostly $10.35. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-11-13) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin harvesting, depending upon weather conditions. Prices zucchini and yellow crookneck medium higher, others unchanged. Half- and 5/9-bushel cartons zucchini small mostly $12.35-12.85, medium mostly $10.35-10.85; yellow straightneck small $12.35-14.85, medium $10.35-12.85; ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small $16.35-18.85, medium $12.35-14.85.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (1-2-1) — Movement expected to decrease as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. Lighter shipments expected to continue through May 18. LAST REPORT.