Ample supplies of bell pepper forecast

11/11/2013 12:16:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

In late October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons of jumbos and extra large from south Georgia selling for $14.35-14.85 and $10.35-12.85 for large.

Last year in mid-October, the USDA reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons of jumbos and extra large from south Georgia selling for $10.35-12.85 and $9.35-10.85 for large.

Brian Arrigo, president of Southern Corporate Packers Inc., said tropical storms that affected other growing regions could help Florida demand.

“With Mexico set back a little because of tropical storms, we are hoping to see good markets through Christmas,” he said in late October.

Arrigo said quality is strong.

He characterized last season as average at best and said the markets were sluggish.

This season, Calvert Cullen, president of Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., Cheriton, Va., said early fall markets were average.

“The plants look good,” Cullen said in late October. “Everyone has good conditions. As long as we don’t get any big rains, we should be OK.”

Cullen said last spring went well and said growers experienced strong demand and decent prices.

Because of heavy rains during plantings, Windsor Distributing Inc., Naples, expects to starts harvesting later than normal in Immokalee, said Jon Karalekas, president and owner.

“The crop overall should be OK,” he said in late October. “We haven’t had any major storms to harm it, so we should have a good fall season.”


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