Rainy summer disrupts New York summer deal

07/22/2013 11:31:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Walczak said Eden Valley’s corn, squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplant and lettuce should begin harvests from seven to 10 days later than usual.

Despite the challenges afflicting many crops, other corn growers say buyers should expect strong supplies.

“This year, we have an excellent crop,” Tim Richards, salesman with Gill Corn Farms Inc., Hurley, N.Y., said in mid-July. “It’s looking really good now.”

Richards said he thinks New York corn acreage has declined.

“This year, I get the feeling that we won’t see such over-production,” he said.

“I have no measurements or research on it, but from the few things I hear, we may not have an oversupply situation but should have adequate and good supplies.”

The planting season brought many challenges for potato growers, said John Williams, partner with Williams Farms LLC, Marion, N.Y.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” he said in early July.

“This spring has just been horrible for us. It started out good and everything was decent until we got two solid weeks of constant rain.”

Rains also affected onions and potato fields and delayed growers’ plantings.

“This season has been too wet,” John Williams, partner with Williams Farms LLC, Marion, N.Y., said in mid-July.

“We have been struggling to plant and lost at least a third of our potatoes. But we will do our best. It will definitely be a challenge but we will have supply.”

Sweet onion growers are eyeing a strong crop.

“We feel very good about the crop,” Delbert Bland, president of Bland Farms LLC, Glennville, Ga., said in mid-July.

“The quality looks excellent at this point.”

While growers typically begin harvesting many vegetables in July, production of storage potatoes and onions usually begins in August and September.


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