Johnson said Georgia experienced a strong season last fall. He said prices remained strong on average and were better than anticipated.
Georgia Vegetable’s Kennedy noted that prices fell in mid-April from as high as $20 from south Florida to $12.85.
“As more people are starting harvesting, and theirs is better availability, we will see prices lowering as more items start shipments,” she said in mid-April. “We expect to have a good season in Georgia as prices in Florida have been high.”
Georgia Vegetable plans to begin shipments May 15, on-time.
Volume runs through the end of June before transitioning to eastern Tennessee.
Jon Schwalls, director of operations for Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable Inc., Moultrie, Ga., said he planned to begin harvesting beans May 15, about a week later than normal.
“The beans look well,” he said in late April.
Schwalls said colder than normal temperatures and heavy rains caused lower than normal volumes last fall.