“Honeys are facing a hard time,” Hanks said. “They’ve been hit by greening very heavily. We hopefully will get through late March this year.”
Internal quality has been strong and Dundee’s growers plan to finish harvesting in late March, Finch said.
Final honey fruit size is larger than recorded during two of the past three seasons, requiring 300 pieces of fruit to fill a 1 3/5-bushel box, according to the USDA.
Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus for Oviedo-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., said the season has gone well.
“Quality is good, and coloring is nice,” he said in late February. “The brix is there, and the fruit is good.”