“The early crop has decent size. It looks like it will size up fine. We have good stands. If Mother Nature leaves us alone, we’ll have decent yields.”
The Texas deal was running a week to 10 days behind schedule as of Feb. 20, said Troy Bland, director of operations for Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms.
The cold weather will likely affect yields, with some bulbing possible, but it shouldn’t be dramatic.
“It’s like all regions, some fields will be great, some so-so,” Bland said.
In addition to yields, sizing could be affected by the cold, with colossals and jumbos not as plentiful as in years past, Bland said.
That said, he’s confident the grower-shipper’s retail partners will be flexible when it comes to size.
“I think the size profile is something we can work with to satisfy our customers’ needs,” he said.
Bland Farms expects its Texas deal to kick off in about the second or third week of March.
In the Winter Garden area, Winter Garden Produce, Uvalde, Texas, expects to begin shipping in the first week of May, said J Allen Carnes, the company’s owner.
The deal should last about two months, Carnes said.
“It should be pretty similar to last year,” he said.
“Pretty consistent quality, quantities and size. Not boom, not bust.”