Georgia sweet corn grower-shippers are preparing for a normal fall season. Shippers plan to begin harvesting in late September and early October and packers say they expect normal supplies.
Georgia sweet corn grower-shippers are preparing for a normal fall season. Shippers plan to begin harvesting in late September and early October and packers say they expect normal supplies.

Georgia grower-shippers are preparing for normal fall seasons of sweet corn and green beans.

Corn is expected to start in late September and early October while growers typically begin harvesting beans in early to mid-October.

Sweet corn

Pioneer Growers Co-op’s growers finished plantings in late August.

“So far, the corn looks good,” said Jon Browder, sales manager for the Belle Glade, Fla.-based Pioneer. “The quality is good. The weather has been decent, but we haven’t had a lot of rain. It’s been hot.”

Browder said he expects normal supplies and said grower-shippers should be able to supply retailers’ needs.

Because of inclement weather, the spring deal started later than normal and didn’t bring heavy volumes until the second week of June, Browder said.

Florida’s spring start was also late, and the transition to the northern producing region went well, he said.

Browder said he expects Georgia to finish production in mid-November and make for a seamless transition to Florida production in late November.

In early September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported wirebound crates of 4-4½ dozen from New York selling for $9-10 for yellow and bicolor.

He characterized those prices as average for late summer.

Acreage for Green Circles Farm in Bainbridge, Ga., remains similar to last season, said Ted Wanless, chief operating officer of Belle Glade, Fla.-based S. M. Jones & Co. Inc., which along with Flavor First Growers and Packers, Hendersonville, N.C., markets Green Circles’ corn.

“Stands are good to very good, with the crop maturing at or slightly ahead of normal,” Wanless said in late August. “Growing conditions have been fairly hot and drier than average. The crop is in good shape.”

Wanless said Green Circles plans to start harvesting Oct. 5.

Flavor First and S.M. Jones market for Green Circles.

Green beans

Georgia growers are eyeing a favorable fall bean deal.

In late August, Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., Cheriton, Va., was beginning its south Georgia plantings, which it plans to harvest in mid-October.

Everything is on schedule, Calvert Cullen, president, said in late August.

Northampton planned to start North Carolina harvesting Sept. 20 and finish by Nov. 5, depending on how early frosts hit, he said.

Cullen said Georgia’s spring deal went well.

He said growers saw high demand and strong markets.

In early September, the USDA reported bushel cartons/crates of machine-picked round green from central and western New York selling for $13-14.

Joey Johnson, president of Mount Vernon, Ga.-based J&S Produce Inc., said buyers should look for a normal deal.

“We should be pretty steady,” he said in late August. “We should be on schedule. The quality should be good.”

In late August, Johnson said the market had fallen to $10-12 for machine-picked beans from Tennessee, North Carolina, New York and Michigan.

Pioneer’s Browder’s said Tennessee production typically finish about the time Georgia’s begins.

In late August, Pioneer’s growers had finished fall plantings, and Browder said he expects growers to begin harvesting in early October.

“The deal should be good,” Browder said. “Our fall volumes are a lot lighter than spring volume. We will have decent volumes to supply.”

In early October, the bean deal gets crowded, said Steve Sterling, a salesman for Lake Park, Ga.-based Fresh Link Consolidation LLC, the sales agent for Coggins Farm and Produce Inc.

“It will be a battle when we start,” he said. “There will probably be a fair amount of beans around then as New York and Michigan will be still going, and there will be some in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.”