Bad weather not expected to dent Ohio veg deals

06/05/2009 10:49:16 AM
Andy Nelson

Acreage on all three commodities is similar to last year, he said.

For the most part, GroCo has been able to scale the hurdles Mother Nature has put in its way this spring with relative ease, Guess said.

“It’s been pretty normal,” he said. “It’s been a little cool, a bit on the wet side, but we have the plantings in that we’d like to have in.”

While it was too early in mid-May to predict what markets would be like when GroCo’s vegetable deals get underway, it’s no mystery what market signs Guess will look for when that time nears.

“The bearing will be, when our window opens up, what are the prices in Georgia?” he said.

For Don Bettinger, president of Bettinger Farms Inc., Swanton, Ohio, there’s been an overriding question this season.

“When’s the weather going to change?” Bettinger said. “It’s been extremely cold and rainy.”

Bettinger expects to begin harvesting his sweet corn July 20, give or take a week or two, depending on Mother Nature’s willingness to cooperate. But in mid-May his thoughts were at a much earlier stage in the process.

“We’ve got to get it in the ground here,” he said, citing the wet and cool conditions that have made planting a challenge all spring.

Bettinger Farms plans to plant corn continuously up until July, with shipments beginning to wind down in September. The company is forecasting similar acreage as last year, Bettinger said.

While Bettinger Farms was having trouble getting the crop planted this year, some fields were faring better than others.

“What we’ve got in the ground looks good so far,” he said.


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