Grant and others ended up abandoning half their acreage, which was shaping up to be one of the best crops in years.
Grant remains optimistic and says he thinks the region remains important in the tomato deal.
“The deal is still strong,” he said. “This deal probably should stay where it is. We can’t get much smaller than what we are now and remain efficient.”
Because of fuel costs and economics of the deal, Grant says he can see some central Florida shippers discontinuing trucking Quincy tomatoes to Palmetto-Ruskin for packing.
Grant says Subway and Wal-Mart have remained big buyers of the region’s tomatoes.
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