Warm weather brings early Florida spring crops

02/26/2013 08:35:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

That’s higher than last year in mid-February when the USDA reported ½-bushel cartons and crates of yellow straightneck small, $10.35-10.85, medium, $8.35-8.85; ½-bushel cartons and crates of zucchini small, $10.35-10.85, medium, $8.35-8.85; ¾-bushel cartons and crates of yellow crookneck, small, $12.35-12.85, medium, $8.35.

Rayfield said squash quality is high and that Florida doesn’t grow enough to meet market demand.

Though promotable volume on green beans usually begins in south Florida in late March and early April, because of the warm winter growing season, green beans could begin shipping in higher volumes by mid-March, said Gary Stafford, salesman and green bean manager with South Bay-based Hugh H. Branch Inc.

“Things are looking okay,” he said in late February. “We’re slower than normal, and are still coming off some fall rain planting skips but we’re starting to get back in business. Demand is very good. Quality is good. The bean deal looks normal for this spring.”

In late February, the USDA reported bushel cartons/crates of hand-picked round green beans from central and south Florida selling for $20-22.85 with machine-picked selling for $19-22.85.

Last spring in late February, the USDA reported bushel cartons/crates of handpicked round green beans from south Florida selling for $20.85-21.85 with machine-picked selling for $19.85-20.85.


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