Corn, beans and cabbage harmed by rain - The Packer

Corn, beans and cabbage harmed by rain

07/22/2013 11:16:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Growers are warning buyers to expect gaps in New York sweet corn and green bean production in August and September.

The state’s cabbage deal is also expected to produce smaller volume, growers say.

Heavy rains saturated the ground in spring and left young plants in standing water, causing growers to miss multiple weeks of plantings.


Jason Turek, partner in Turek Farms, King Ferry, N.Y., said buyers should plan for possible gaps in early September.

Turek missed two weeks of plantings in late May and early June and then saw another 10-day skip in late June and early July.

Mid-July rain limited Turek to finishing just 75% of its plantings.

“The taller corn looks better,” Turek said in mid-July.

“A lot of the younger stuff planted in June has really been beat up by the standing water. I think we should have some nice corn for the end of July and August, but then it gets iffy.”

In early and mid-July, Turek Farms was harvesting in Delaware and expected to start New York production July 20-25.

Eden Valley Growers, Eden, N.Y., began harvesting in light volume in early July but planned to begin heavier volumes in mid-July, later than its normal July 4 start, said Dave Walczak, sales and operations manager.

“The corn is looking very good,” he said in mid-July. “The fields are all pretty even.”

In late June, Walczak said Georgia harvested an abundance of corn, keeping prices low at $5-7 a crate.

On July 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported wirebound crates of 4 dozen yellow, white and bicolor corn eastern Virginia selling for $9.20 while Georgia corn sold for $7.45 for the same varieties.

Other growers that didn’t sustain as much damage say buyers can expect a strong season on corn.

Gill Corn Farms Inc., Hurley, N.Y., planned to begin harvesting July 18, as usual, said Tim Richards, salesman.

Richards said the grower-shipper should produce an excellent crop.

“I think we will have pretty reliable supplies,” Richards said in mid-July.

“We will have a few gaps due to the rain in planting but the weather pattern seems to be leaning toward a warmer and moister summer. It should make any gaps smooth out to where we won’t have as much of a gap.”

He said Gill lost one small planting of early white corn to the rain, but it wasn’t a significant loss.

He said the rest of the corn looks good and Gill was able to plant all of its Labor Day corn on time and should be able to supply retailers during the holiday.

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