Bryan Biederman, assistant sales manager for Pioneer Growers Co-op, said Georgia prices remained higher because rainy and cool weather kept growers from early harvesting.
Though wet weather disrupted south Florida growers from entering some fields during planting, Biederman said the crop otherwise looks good and that growers expect a normal fall season.
Fall production, centered south of Lake Okeechobee, generally starts in early November with volume building until Thanksgiving.
“We hope to hit the Thanksgiving window,” Biederman said in mid-October.
“If Mother Nature cooperates, we will have corn for Thanksgiving.”
Though getting a later than normal start, Georgia’s deal is producing high quality corn, said Brett Bergmann, co-owner of Hugh H. Branch Inc., Pahokee.
“Movement has been good and prices have been decent,” Bergmann said Oct. 25.
“We just hope there isn’t an early freeze in Georgia. If not, it should make for a smooth transition because Georgia will probably go a little later than normal because of its later start. It should be a smooth transition to Belle Glade barring any inclement weather in the Bainbridge and Camilla area.”
Bergmann said Florida acreage remains consistent with last fall and said plantings should be on time.
Georgia usually finishes harvesting Nov. 5-10 with Belle Glade commencing Nov. 16-20, he said.
In mid-October, Biederman said corn from south Georgia in early October sold for $14-16 for wirebound crates of 4-4½ dozen.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wirebound crates of 4-4½ dozen from Georgia in late October sold for $14 for yellow and bicolor and $14.95-15.95 for white.