Maureen Marshall, vice president of Torrey Farms Inc., Elba, N.Y., said buyers should expect half a crop during the early deal.
“The first plantings look really awful,” she said in mid-June.
“Everything planted early looks ugly. It’s not very even. Once you get into the crops planted toward the end of May, those look really nice.”
Torrey Farms produces its biggest volume in September, October and November before the storage deal starts in December and runs through mid-June.
Tony Piedimonte, owner of James J. Piedimonte & Sons Inc. & Anthony J. Piedimonte/Cabbco, Holley, N.Y. — the northern marketing division of Wimauma, Fla.-based Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC — said cabbage production should be light through July.
He said some of the earlier plantings appear to be stalled.
“We hope the stores don’t raise the retails too high in July,” Piedimonte said.
“We will need the support of the chains adjusting the retails to move the product.”
Last season, Michigan shipments during late June sold for $5.75-6.50 for 50-pound cartons of medium round green cabbage.
Buyers can expect beans to enter the New York deal late.
Piedimonte said he expects his harvesting to commence in late July at the earliest, a couple of weeks later than the normal mid-July start.
Depending on weather, earnest harvesting may not start until early August, he said in mid-June.
“What’s up, other than the first two plantings, looks nice,” Piedimonte said.
“Everything looks good after the first two week of plantings which got hammered.”
Turek Farms plans to begin in late July as well.
Turek said last season had favorable growing conditions that produced a bumper crop.
Marshall said light volume should hit the market in mid-July and then improve.
“We will have supplies,” she said in late June.
“We should have normal quality.”
Marshall said Michigan and Ohio usually start a couple of weeks ahead of New York, with New Jersey and Pennsylvania beginning harvesting in June.
Tennessee begins in June and ends in July before New York starts but returns for a fall deal.