Williams also noted lower-than-typical prices.
He said shippers quoted $10 for 50-pound cartons of round green medium cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day last spring. In late February this year, he said, shippers were quoting $7-8.Cullen said additional factors are affecting prices.
“I don’t think it’s all about production,” he said.
“There’s just not as much demand. Prices have been rugged this winter. Georgia prices weren’t as bad as they were in Florida, but they weren’t good either, like a $6-7 market. There wasn’t overproduction up there ... Demand seems to be lower, and that’s affected by the price of fuel.”
Favorable growing conditions
For south Florida cabbage, weather and growing conditions were favorable for Pioneer Growers Co-op, Belle Glade, said Bryan Biederman, assistant sales manager.
Biederman said growers were selling cabbage at “floor prices.” The market has remained at $5 for green cabbage since Pioneer began harvesting in early January, he said.
“We have been fortunate because we have Wilson cabbage, a heavy and high-quality cabbage,” he said. “We’ve been able to move it but would like to get the market up.”
Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., said cabbage quality was strong.He said this season remains a typical year and should produce normal volumes and high quality heads.
Bedsole said Duda was producing promotable volume in late February.
Florida production typically finishes in late April and May before switching to Georgia in mid- to late April.
Georgia’s spring deal runs through early June. Fall production returns in November and finishes in early January. Florida’s fall production commences in late November and early to mid-December.