Squash remains on schedule - The Packer

Squash remains on schedule

07/15/2011 11:38:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

“They’re up and they’re growing,” she said in mid-June.

Marshall said numerous other growing regions such as Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Canada going simultaneously can make the deal challenging.

Marshall said last season was strong for New York cucumbers.

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 — normally begins harvesting in late July.

Some years, however, production can begin as early as July 18.

This year, owner Tony Piedimonte said he expects production to begin during the last week of July and the first week of August.

“We have good acreage this year,” he said in mid-June.

Piedimonte said last year proved to be a strong cucumber season.

He said the reason New York growers enjoyed a favorable season was because some other production areas experienced issues.

On July 11, the USDA hadn’t issued cucumber prices from North Carolina, but 1 1/9-bushel cartons of mediums from Michigan received $20-20.85, fair quality received $10-10.85, and cartons of 24s received $7-8.85.

The USDA wasn’t reporting North Carolina prices last season in late June, but reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons and crates of mediums from Michigan selling for $20-20.85 with cartons of 24s selling for $7-8.35.

New York volume normally runs through early October.

Bell peppers

Growers normally begin harvesting bell peppers in late July with larger volumes beginning in early August.

Piedimonte said he expects production to be strong in early August.

“The early ones look OK,” he said in mid-June.

“They could stand a little warmer temperatures as peppers like that tropical weather. They have greened up nicely and are coming along fine.”

While Piedimonte said last season only brought fair prices, Eden Valley’s Walczak characterized the deal as a good pepper season.

“We saw good prices and good demand,” Walczak said.

He said prices last year averaged $9.

The USDA on July 11 reported 1 1/9-bushel cartons of green jumbos from eastern North Carolina selling for $14.35 with extra larges at $12-12.35, fair quality at $8-10.35, and larges at $10-10.35.

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