VERO BEACH, Fla. — Heavy rains have prevented Florida growers from beginning this season’s grapefruit harvest in earnest.
Normally, grapefruit harvest starts in late September.
This year, however, the deal is two weeks later than last season, he said.
“As soon as it dries out, people will start picking,” Kastensmidt said in late September.
On Oct. 6, IMG planned to harvest small volumes of grapefruit and Kastensmidt said he expects most of the Indian River region’s growers to begin harvesting by Oct. 13.
The region has received two to three inches of rain every couple of days, which delays fruit testing, said Pat Rodgers, president of Vero Beach, Fla.-based Greene River Marketing Inc
In late September, DLF International Inc., had barely started harvesting, said Russell Kiger, sales manager.
Growers should begin harvesting grapefruit and navel oranges should begin in larger volume by mid-October, he said.
“There is enough passing fruit out there and crews are starting to arrive,” Kiger said Sept. 30.
DLF planned to harvest one load of grapefruit on Oct. 3.