Florida also produces celery, radishes and broccoli during winter - The Packer

Florida also produces celery, radishes and broccoli during winter

11/05/2010 11:35:56 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

He said Pioneer’s growers are growing on slightly more acreage this season.

South Florida production usually runs through late April.

Growers start transplanting celery in September.

Florida grower-shippers were readying for another successful season.

Biederman said Pioneer’s growers planned to start by Oct. 31 or Nov. 1.

He called last year’s deal strong.

“It was a good season,” Biederman said. “We hope to have another strong season. The quality was great. Hopefully, the markets will hold and stay high.”

Biederman said quality looks excellent.

South Florida radish harvesting typically begins in mid-October and runs through early to mid-May, when Michigan begins summer production.

Duda plans to begin production in early November.

Bedsole agreed with Biederman and called last year’s deal strong.

He said radishes survive cold weather well and don’t have as many issues as other south Florida vegetables in freezing weather.

“Everything looks to have a good start,” Bedsole said.

In late October , the USDA reported $7.65-10.05 for cartons of bunched 24s for Mexican crossings through California and from Oxnard, Calif.

Last year, the USDA reported $8-8.65 for those same cartons from Mexico and Oxnard.

Because Duda markets cello radishes versus the bunched product of most of the West Coast markets, Bedsole said California and Mexico generally don’t have much of an effect on Florida’s prices.

L&M Cos., Raleigh, N.C., has increased its Georgia and Florida broccoli plantings by 30%.

Adam Lytch, operations manager, said broccoli has become a growing item for the grower-shipper.

“The Eastern broccoli deal has gained a lot of success in the marketplace,” he said. “Customers can have a fresher product, cut a lot of food miles out and get the product in the stores quicker.”

While L&M expects to start Georgia shipments in mid-November and harvest through early January, it plans to start its north Florida deal in Palatka in mid-December and run through mid-April.

In late October , the USDA reported cartons of bunched 14s from Salinas and Watsonville selling for $6.35-7.45 with 18s at $6.85-7.95.

L&M returns to Georgia spring production in mid-April.

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