According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wirebound crates of 4-4 1/2 dozen from south Georgia in late October sold for $8.35-8.95 for yellow, with bicolor selling for $7.35-7.95.
Last fall, in mid-October, the USDA reported wirebound crates of 4-4 1/2 dozen yellow, white and bicolor corn from south Georgia selling for $16.70, up from $12.70 from the week before.
During the fall of 2007, opening season prices from Georgia were $6.70-8.70 for yellow, white and bicolor.
The deal has increased south Florida plantings.
Florida growers for the 2009 fall harvest planted 6,100 acres, 11% higher than the 5,500 acres they harvested last fall and 17% more than the 5,200 acres harvested during the fall of 2007, according to the USDA.
Bergmann said quality from Georgia, which started pickings in late December and early October, looks high.
Many south Florida grower-shippers have operations in south Georgia.
Shippers say the transition between south Georgia pickings and the start of south Florida’s harvesting normally occurs smoothly, keeping supplies consistent between the two growing regions.
Georgia production normally finishes by mid-November but early freezes can often end the deal earlier than expected.
Because the Belle Glade growing region is subject to killer freezes, that area’s production normally runs through January and into early February with smaller volumes harvested during the winter months.
Winter harvesting during February and most of March originates principally from Homestead.
The deal then starts transitioning back to Belle Glade in late March and early April.