Rainy spring and early summer affects squash, cucumbers

07/22/2013 11:23:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Cucumbers

Torrey plans to begin harvesting cucumbers July 20-25, as usual.

“They look good,” she said. “The quality will be there. There will be some gaps because of the weather but we should have adequate supply. We don’t have as many acres planted in our first plantings, though.”

Planting was a challenge and there are some spots in the fields, but Torrey said the weather can help improve conditions.

Growers on the Eastern Shore, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan were all beginning production by early July, she said.

Eden Valley started cucumber harvesting July 15, a little later than usual.

Walczak said buyers should count on the season to bring solid production.

“They look good,” he said in mid-July. “The cucumbers look healthy.”

Walczak quoted $16-18 for super selects.

On July 15, the USDA reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons of waxed medium cucumbers from Michigan selling for $24.85-26.85, with fair quality going for $14-16.85 and cartons of 24s selling for $8.50-9.50.

Walczak said last year was a favorable season despite many cucumbers being on the market in July and August.

Eden Valley plans to ship through early October.

Bell peppers

Eden Valley plans to begin its bell pepper harvesting by early August.

While Georgia typically finishes by mid-July, New Jersey remains in production and sometimes runs later than its usual mid-July finish, as it did last season, which depressed prices, Walczak said.

The grower-shipper has added more acreage and plans to go longer this year.

“The bells look good,” Walczak said in mid-July. “The crops look real healthy. We’re hoping to go a little further into October this year.”

According to the USDA, 1 1/9 bushel-cartons of jumbos from North Carolina on July 15 sold for $20.35.

Eggplant

Eden Valley expects to start its eggplant production in late August.

Georgia production usually runs through mid- to late July while New Jersey normally harvests into August, Walczak said.

On July 15, the USDA reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons mediums from eastern North Carolina fetching $8-10.35.


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