Normal Florida fall volumes, less corn, beans expected

11/07/2013 02:51:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“Things look very nice and the season should be very promising,” salesman Donny Dulevich said in late October. “We are having perfect weather.”

Corn growers expect to harvest 30% to 40% of normal volume during early November, said Brett Bergmann, a Branch co-owner.

“That will create a bit of a splotchy start, and the crop in general will be less than it has in the past,” Bergmann said in late October. “Hopefully, it should stabilize sometime after Thanksgiving heading to Christmas.”

Earlier maturing strawberries should help retailers run Christmas promotions.

Buyers should expect larger shipments in late November and early December, ahead of the typical lighter late November and early December volume that builds to promotable levels in late December, said Gary Wishnatzki, president and chief executive officer of Plant City-based Wish Farms.

“The early plantings look really good, and they’re on-track,” he said in late October. “It looks like we should have a lot of production at the end of November.”

Brian Rayfield, vice president of business development and marketing for J&J Family of Farms Inc., Loxahatchee, said October tropical storms could lessen movement and keep markets active during the early part of the deal.

“Everything is looking really good this season,” he said in late October. “I think there’s very little anxiety over the weather this fall. Demand will be good, and product will be good. Demand could exceed supply in some circumstances, and movement should be very good.”

Dan Sleep, a senior analyst with the division of marketing for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said Florida growers escaped major hurricane damage.

“We should see solid uninterrupted production for the next six or seven months — unless we get hit by severe freezes,” he said in late October. “Barring that, our farmers are poised to have a great year.”


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