On May 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a price of $8.95 for 25-pound cartons of 5x6 loose mature greens from Florida, down from $12.65-13.65 last year at the same time.
Mid-June prices for Arkansas tomatoes the past three years have ranged from $10 to $17 for two-layer cartons of vine-ripe 4x4 - 5x5s, according to the USDA.
Markets were expected to follow the typical pattern, Gavin said: very strong at the beginning, and tapering off after that.
"Tradition holds that the first week or two Southern Arkansas gets the highest price of the season, then it comes down," he said. "But we're hoping for a good steady market all year."