Georgia vegetable crops could begin early - The Packer

Georgia vegetable crops could begin early

05/04/2012 12:57:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The USDA in late April reported 1 7/8-bushel cartons of green cabbage medium from south Georgia selling for $7-7.50 with large at $6.

L&M began its Georgia harvesting in mid-April with volume expected to increase in early May, Lytch said.

Lytch said Florida and Georgia normally experience a 10-day to two-week overlap in late May.

Because of a smaller Georgia supply, however, this year may not see an overlap, he said.

Northampton began its harvesting in mid-April, a week earlier than last year, Cullen said.

“Everything looks great,” Cullen said in mid-April. “The weather has been favorable for cabbage growth.”

Cullen said Georgia should harvest through June 10, overlapping with North Carolina, which normally begins May 20-25.

He said that overlap may not be as big a factor this year as higher freight costs make the Carolina deal more competitive to Eastern buyers.

Georgia normally finishes its cabbage by mid-June.

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