Florida fall vegetables to start, fewer cucumbers expected

10/09/2013 12:26:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Browder said Pioneer’s growers plan to begin harvesting beans on time, around Nov. 1, in Homestead and a few days later in Belle Glade.

The fall tomato deal is expected to begin on-time in mid-October with small volumes of grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes starting harvest in the Palmetto-Ruskin region, said Gerry Odell, chief farming officer for Lipman.

In central Florida, mature greens and romas shouldn’t begin production until early November, he said in mid-October.

“Central Florida has had a lot of rain,” Odell said. “We should start with light yields, but we do have fruit set. We don’t expect to have any real big volume as we start off.”

Odell characterized early fall tomato markets as sloppy.

He said prices have been fairly high.

Because of the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wasn’t reporting prices in mid-October.


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