Virus slows Florida tomato crop

03/30/2004 12:00:00 AM
Bob Mcclure

Prices on 1/2-bushel cartons of small size zucchini squash were mostly $6-6.85, while cartons of small size yellow straightneck squash were mostly $10.85.

The squash market is expected to stay strong for a while as shipments from Mexico come to a close, Arrigo said.

Supplies of beans from south Florida are strong and harvests will continue through the third week in April.

"Prices have dropped off some," said Emilio Mirzakhani, general manager of sales of the Homestead Pole Bean Cooperative Inc. "Some growers north of us (Georgia) had some beans, plus we came with a good volume of beans. The demand dropped off and the supply was more."

In late March, f.o.b. prices on bushel cartons and crates of pole beans had dropped about 40% from earlier in the month to mostly $8-8.85. Prices on wax beans were steady at mostly $16-16.85 per carton.

Supplies and quality of celery and leafy items are good but the market has dropped in recent weeks.

"We've hit the doldrums," said Dolphus Broxton, sales manager for vegetables at A. Duda & Sons Inc., Belle Glade. "The market has been depressed the last couple of weeks on celery especially due to California starting."

The f.o.b. price on 2-dozen cartons and crates of celery was mostly $6.75, while 3-dozen size was mostly $8.75. In early March the f.o.b.s were about 50% higher.


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