Florida freezes tighten corn, bean supplies - The Packer

Florida freezes tighten corn, bean supplies

01/28/2014 07:07:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The 2014 freeze may not be historical, said Randy Wilkinson, president of Belle Glade, Fla.-based Wilkinson-Cooper Produce Inc., but it is a big one.

“We’ve seen a lot worse, but it’s bad enough,” Wilkinson said Jan. 27. “We won’t have much the next three weeks.”

On beans, growers disked damaged fields in Palm Beach County and quickly replanted for spring production.

The cold also damaged southwest Florida beans said Chris Tordonato, sales manager of Immokalee-based Florida Specialties Inc.

“We’re not showing a lot of damage, but there are some areas where we got some damage,” he said in late January. “It wasn’t a prolonged event but enough to make a difference. It will just lessen the yields, which are down 30%.”

On Jan. 28, the USDA reported bushel cartons and crates of machine-picked and handpicked round green beans from south Florida at $38.85-42.85, down from the $45.15-45.95 the USDA reported a week earlier.

Beans require 50-60 days from planting to harvest. Biederman said Belle Glade-area growers plan to bring normal supplies to the market when the spring deal begins in late March.

Markets Editor Andy Nelson contributed to this article.

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