Rain cuts early volume, delays summer harvest

07/15/2011 11:49:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

Dave Walczak, sales and operations manager of Eden Valley Growers, Eden, N.Y., said nearly a month of cold weather and rain made for a challenging season.

“Some of the growers in the northern New York counties were behind us in planting even more,” Walczak said.

“They weren’t able to get out and plant some of their early crops as early as we did. Their soil doesn’t dry as quickly.”

Walczak said buyers should expect bell peppers, corn, cabbage and eggplant to begin shipments in late July instead of mid-July.

On sweet corn, Tim Richards, salesman with Gill Corn Farms Inc., Hurley, N.Y., said growers were late with their early plantings but in mid-June began returning to normal schedules.

“Our corn deal is about on-schedule to maybe a little behind,” he said in mid-June.

“We should come out pretty even. We expect an excellent crop.”

John Williams, partner with Williams Farms LLC, Marion, N.Y., said the abnormally high rainfall harmed onion planting.

“It has been quite a nasty spring,” he said in mid-June.

“The Elba area was hurt bad and lost a lot of its onions.”

New York vegetable volume normally runs through late September and early October.


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