Despite cool spring, normal Ohio veg volumes expected - The Packer

Despite cool spring, normal Ohio veg volumes expected

06/04/2010 01:15:22 PM
Andy Nelson

“With the cool, wetter weather, everything’s looking a little yellow, but it’s not rotting in the ground,” Ken Holthouse said.

Despite a 10-day lull in plant-ings in May, the crops weren’t behind, he said.

Between the end of May and June 10, the company expected to start shipping squash. Cu-cumbers would likely follow about June 15-20 and peppers about a month later.

The company expects acre-age increases in zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers, Ken Holthouse said. A smaller increase is expected in the company’s bell pepper deal, he said.

In mid-May, the Ohio sweet corn crop marketed by Swan-ton-based Bettinger Farms Inc. had a lot of catching up to do, said Don Bettinger, the com-pany’s president.

“It’s been absolutely horri-ble,” Bettinger said. “We’re behind on planting, and what is planted looks pretty sick.”

Bettinger has been growing sweet corn since 1990, and he can’t remember ever seeing a crop be rained out so consis-tently.

“There’s been no sun, wind or heat, and every time we think we’re about to get started again, we get more rain,” he said.

Still, an expected July 17 be-ginning to the deal was cause for hope, Bettinger said.

“It’s a long ways away,” he said. “It may straighten out by then. We’ll just keep planting.”

The plan, Bettinger said, is to plant the same acreage as last year, with a similar mix of yellow, white and bicolor varieties. Whether Mother Nature cooperates or not is up for debate.

“I’ve got the seed (to plant similar acreage as in 2009) sitting here, anyway,” he said.

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