The weather improved and demand increased in May, he said.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., expanded its Homestead acreage.
Though he declined to state acreage or volume, Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus, said Duda added a grower partner, S&L Beans, Homestead, to its corn packing and marketing.
Bedsole said customer demand prompted Duda to increase its winter presence in Homestead.
“It (Homestead) is a very important part of the winter program,” Bedsole said.
“You have to have product down there.”
Duda plans to start its Belle Glade production by mid-November and start its Homestead harvesting in late December and early January.
In mid-October, Bedsole said Belle Glade production looked strong and said he expects a smooth transition from south Georgia production to Florida’s crop.
Belle Glade area growers produce steady volume through late December and early January before production shifts to Homestead.
Though Belle Glade’s winter supplies decline considerably, the region still produces corn as Homestead’s warmer temperatures dominate production.
In the spring, light volumes begin in Belle Glade in late March with promotable volumes usually returning in mid-April with production running through Memorial Day, before the deal returns to Georgia.