“California grows them but they’re not able to machine-harvest them like we can with our muck soil,” he said.
The light, loose and fluffy muck soil dries out quickly and drains well because of the large concentration of organic material in it, Buurma said.
After surging in the summer of 2008, packaging prices have receded to the levels seen in May last year, said Ken Holthouse, general manager of North Fairfield, Ohio-based Doug Walcher Farms.
Fertilizer costs also have fallen, Holthouse said, though not to the levels they were at last year at the same time. Like packaging, they rose as the season progressed, he said.