Southeast growers deal with hurricanes' impact

Thienpont, Chuck
November 2005
FoodService Director;11/15/2005, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p28
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the harvest outlook for various vegetable crops in the U.S., in the wake of hurricanes wreaking havoc in southeastern crop-growing regions in September 2005. Area for harvest of bell peppers is forecast at 5,400 acres, up 6% from both 2004 and 2003. In Texas, bell pepper fields have made good progress, but hot weather has delayed fruit set. Fresh market area for harvest of cabbage is forecast at 6,500 acres, unchanged from both 2004 and 2003. Harvest is expected to begin around December 1, 2005. Area for fresh market harvest of carrots is forecast at 16,200 acres, up 20% from 2004 and 10% above in 2003. Cold weather is providing excellent growing condition for the carrot crop. Area for fall harvest of cucumbers is forecast at 7,200 acres, down 6% from 2004 and 9% lower than 2003. Florida cucumbers received a large amount of rainfall from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which saturated field and hindered field activities.


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