Early fall cabbage could be on the small side

11/04/2011 11:55:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

As Hearne wasn’t pulling any Southern cabbage in early October, and was sourcing from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York, Williams said he thinks larger-than-normal volume could hit later in the deal.

“I think there will be a lot of later cabbage,” Williams said in mid-October. 

“We should see quite a bit of it. Everyone was late getting started in all the northern growing regions, about three weeks late. What we’re seeing is a lot of cabbage coming on when these guys should be winding down.”

Heavy rains helped produce larger-than-normal volumes of larger-sized cabbage and fewer mediums, Williams said. He said buyers should expect difficulties finding mediums, 16-18 count cabbage, through November.

Though he called Georgia’s deal favorable through most of the summer, Williams said the Florida deal was difficult in terms of grower prices. 

He said he’s hearing Florida acreage could increase by a small amount and said he expects growers to bring steady supplies throughout the season.

Pricing

In September, markets hit $10 before declining to $8-9 in early October. 

In mid-October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported 50-pound cartons of medium green cabbage from New York selling for $8 with large at $5.50-7. The USDA reported 50-pound sacks of large green cabbage selling for $2.50-3. 

Last year in mid-October, the USDA reported $9-9.50 for 50-pound cartons of medium green cabbage from New York, with 50-pound sacks of large green cabbage garnering $6-7.


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