Tomato deal could make early appearance

03/02/2012 11:10:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

The cold weather didn’t harm quality, he said.

“Given the optimal conditions we have had so far, the quality here in Florida this spring will be pristine,” Weisinger said in late February. 

“We will be looking at a spring to remember for tastiness, flavor and size. ... Once we get past this bloom drop, we should be back to the same high quality we had before.”

Weisinger did say white flies and yellow leaf curl virus were affecting production.

Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Wimauma, has increased its grape and cherry tomato production and plans to begin harvesting in early April, a couple of weeks earlier than usual.

Jeff Williams, president, said the grower-shipper experienced a great spring but an OK fall.

Because weather was warmer than typical, Hearne was able to pick 100% of the crop, unheard of in the fall deal, he said. 


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