(June 11) BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — South Georgia shippers are wrapping up a strong deal for green beans and continuing a successful campaign for sweet corn.

Availability for green beans isn’t as good as past years and prices are strong, said Mike Justice, a salesman with Hurley, New York-based Gill Farms Sales LLC.

“We’ve got a tight supply due to bad weather,” he said. “We had a lot of rain at planting time in early April.”

The crop reached peak harvest in late May, and prices were running between $16-18.85 per bushel crate, Justice said.

“Normally, prices run between $10 and $12,” he said. “But this year supply is down because South Florida ended early.”

Quality and availability of all varieties of sweet corn is good also, said Steve Sterling, a salesman for Marker 29 Produce Inc., Onancock, Va.

“Availability has been good overall,” he said. “Yellow is a bit sluggish, but bicolor and white have been moving very good.”

“Quality is nice,” said Tim Childers, a salesman for S.M. Jones & Co. Inc, Canal Point, Fla. “Availability on yellow has been good, white has been strong and bicolor is spotty but we”re meeting our orders.”

Shippers have begun deliveries for the Fourth of July and are running at about the same level as a year ago. Jones & Co. expects to ship about 500,000 crates this year, while Marker 29 expects to move between 200,000 and 225,000 crates. Both figures are close to last year.

“I’d say we’re running about the same, maybe a little more,” said Gary Norman, a salesman with Green Circles Farm.

He said his company is offering yellow corn at $5.35 per 11-by-11 crate, while white and bicolor are getting $6.85.

Georgia green bean, corn deals hit stride
Leonard Smith, plant manager at Jones & Co., Bainbridge, Ga., shows off a flat of sweet corn on the loading dock.