New York State vegetable growers fear supply gaps

07/16/2009 05:23:05 PM
Susie Cable

Gurda Produce lost some early corn to freezing temperatures. Some corn that was under plastic got burned in April when temperatures were in the 90s for a few days, Gurda said. Later crops looked good and will likely be harvested beginning in late July or early August.

Gurda said he expects some gaps in supply because of delays in planting caused by wet fields. He expects to ship about 10,000 bags, each with 50 ears of corn, as he did last year.

Lindy Kubecka, owner of Kubecka Farm, Kirkville, N.Y., said on July 8 that the company’s crop looked good and she expected harvest to begin about July 20. Sweet corn is Kubecka Farm’s largest crop. It has 100 acres of corn and about 100 acres of other vegetables.

Richards also expected Gill Corn to begin harvest by July 20, which is a typical start date, he said.

“We look for a good crop,” Richards said. “It was excellent last year and it should be equivalent this year.”

Richards said Gill Corn shipped more than 400,000 crates of sweet corn last season. He expects the company to ship at least that this season, unless weather problems arise. Gill Corn should finish harvesting by early October.

Eden Valley’s green and yellow squash harvest was under way as of early July. The quality was good and prices were at $8-12 for ½-bushel cartons, Walczak said.

On July 9, ½-bushel cartons of small zucchini squash from Michigan were priced at $8-8.85 and ½-bushel cartons of medium zucchinis were at $6-6.85, the USDA reported.


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