Florida shipping peaches, Georgia to see later season start

04/25/2014 07:42:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Duke Lane IIILane“What’s left looks good,” he said in late April. “There’s not too much to the May crop. I still have a lot of optimism about this year’s crop.

“The fact that there’s damage across the country makes me think the overall peach deal is going to be shorter from beginning to end. Demand will certainly be there and we will likely see some higher f.o.b.s to offset the shorter crop.”

In late April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wasn't reporting Florida prices.

Georgia usually opens the season in the $20s but Lane said he expects prices at the start to soar to $30-35 a carton.

Last year in early June, the USDA reported these prices for peaches from central Georgia: 1/2 bushel cartons of various yellow flesh varieties sold for $20.65-22.65 for 2 1/2 inches and higher and $16.65 for 2 ¼-inch and larger.

In late April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wasn't reporting Florida prices.


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