South Florida celery, lettuce, radishes stay on track - The Packer

South Florida celery, lettuce, radishes stay on track

03/11/2014 01:36:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Branch’s growers expect to finish harvesting in early May.

Duda plans to finish production in mid-April, as usual, Bedsole said.

“Quality has been good, and demand is really good,” he said in late February. “As it’s been a little warmer than an average year, the weights are a little lighter here and there. The cool weather slowed production, but quality is nice.”

Dan ShiverDan ShiverIn late February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported these prices for South Florida escarole: 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates of 18s selling for $10.95 and 24s selling for $12.95.

That’s higher than last year in late February when the USDA reported 18s at $12.95 and 24s at $14.95.

Radishes

Grower-shippers report another strong year for radishes.

“Radishes have been great this year and the quality is great,” Browder said. “Volumes are good and should exceed last year’s numbers. We have similar acreage but are experiencing better yields.”

Compared to last year, the radishes didn’t receive the torrential rains that created planting gaps during the fall of 2012, he said.

“Quality has been good,” Duda’s Bedsole said. “Even with the rains we have had, they weren’t affected too much. Demand is also good.”

Bedsole characterized prices as average.

South Florida’s radishes generally ship through late May.

The USDA in late February reported cartons of 30 6-ounce film bags topped red from South Florida selling for $6.95-7.35; cartons of 14 1-pound film bags of topped red selling for $7.45-7.85; 40-pound film bags of topped red selling for $17.30-17.35; 25-pound film bags topped red selling for $11.45-11.70, similar to last year in late February.


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