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Crop Update 8/30/17

WISCONSIN

The cabbage and green bean harvesting have been curtailed greatly by the dry weather in the area. We’ve had less than one inch of rain here in the last three weeks. The quality remains excellent on both items but there are short supplies.

Midsummer Corn

Sweet corn production has begun in Wisconsin and the crop is yielding well with outstanding quality in all three colors, BiColor, Yellow and White super sweet corn. We will have peak production available for the Labor Day holiday.

Green peppers have begun to be harvested along with Jalapenos with very good quality and below average pricing on both items.
The leafy greens harvest is finally in full bloom with heavy volume coming off the fields right now with great quality and very good pricing.
The leafy greens are some of our last items being planted and we will continue to plant in Wisconsin until right after Labor Day.
Overall the crops are doing well considering the rough and tumble weather cycles that we have gone through all summer.
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Crop Update 8/2/17

ILLINOIS

Sweet corn production is high, as this sweet corn crop is one of the best that we have ever grown. Harvest will end this week as we move into Wisconsin corn.

WISCONSIN

Cabbage planting will end on August 11, with greens going until the 18th. Weather
conditions have turned for the better as we have been seasonally warm and on the dry side, almost time to start irrigating!

Greens Irrigation
Field Irrigation

Leafy Greens, cabbage and green bean harvesting has been curtailed greatly by the heavy rains the area sustained on July 10th through the 12th with almost 12″ of rain during these few days. The effects of that much water hurt yields for the whole month of August, but the quality of what survived is excellent.

Sweet corn production will begin around the 10th of August, and the crop is in great shape with very good yields anticipated.

Green peppers harvest will begin around the 10th of August as well. Quality looks very good, but crop size seems to be on the smaller side for the first crown pickings. The second and third picking should produce much heavier yield.

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Crop Update 7/7/17

ILLINOIS

The weather in Illinois continues to be very favorable with excellent quality cabbage and beans being harvested daily. Markets continue to stay active and strong.

Super Sweet corn looks very good in terms of shape and yields, harvest should begin around the 12th of July on both BiColor and Yellow corn.

WISCONSIN

Planting has been held back due to the scattered showers that hit the region for almost three weeks now but with a week of sunshine we should get caught up and back on schedule and will continue through mid-August.

Collard Greens

Leafy Greens harvest has been ongoing with excellent early season crop quality and supplies. Cabbage harvest will begin in one week and crops look in very good condition.

Labor continues to be a problem and has curtailed harvesting in both spots, limiting the production on cabbage and greens but it should improve by mid July as more crews begin to start the summer season.

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Crop Update 6/15/17

GEORGIA

Sweet corn production continues, but supplies are on the short side due to extreme heat that is holding back yields.

 

ILLINOIS

Crops are in good shape with excellent looking cabbage, corn and beans. So far the weather has been optimal and we should begin harvesting the last week of June.

WISCONSIN

Corn Field PlantingPlanting has been in full swing, but the weather has curtailed some of the crops due to unseasonal heat and high winds. Greens crops have been affected the most at this point. We did have a nice rain on the 14th of June and temperatures have backed off so the crops should be in better shape going forward.

Greens harvesting should begin the week of the 19th with cabbage to follow the 10th of July.

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Crop Update 5/17/17

GEORGIA

Joe and Mike with sweet cornDue to very high temperatures the last two weeks, Greens are winding down quickly. Cabbage production is peaking, the quality has been very good and harvesting should continue for at least two more weeks. Sweet corn production will begin on Saturday, May 20th, quality looks excellent.

 

ILLINOIS

Our farm dodged major storms during the last three weeks and crops have recovered from the cold start. Harvesting is still on schedule to begin around the 15th of June.

WISCONSIN

Planting has finally begun in earnest during the week of the May 8th and all the crews are busy trying to get caught up from the late start due to heavy rains and very cold temperatures in southeast Wisconsin. Above average temperatures and ½ inch of rain a week should help with our goal of starting Greens harvest around the 15th of June and cabbage two weeks after that.

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Crop Update 4/28/17

GEORGIACabbage Field

Crops are in great shape both on quality and yield as the weather has been almost perfect. We started harvesting Cabbage on April 20th and will continue until June 15th. Greens production is in full swing and will continue until June 5th. Sweet Corn harvest should start at the end of May.

 

ILLINOIS

We have been planting Cabbage, Green Beans and Corn. The weather has been seasonal and we are looking to start harvesting cabbage and green beans around June 15th . Planting of Sweet Corn and Green Beans will continue for another 3 weeks.

WISCONSIN

We started planting Green Cabbage and Greens on April 24th which is a typical start date. Rain is in the forecast for the next 5 days so we will encounter a planting gap right out of the gate. Based on these planting dates we should start harvesting Greens on June 4th and Cabbage right after the 4th of July.

 

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Crop Update 3/28/17

TEXAS

Cabbage Field
Cabbage Field

Extreme temperatures and heavy winds are causing greens production to dwindle down in the Texas valley. The heat is also causing cabbage growth to slow down.

GEORGIA

Crop quality looks great!

Warmer than normal temperatures are bringing on the Georgia greens crops with excellent quality, which will allow for very good Easter shipments.

Cabbage is about 10 days away from early harvesting.

A non-typical freeze last week affected the first sweet corn plantings.

ILLINOIS

Seasonal weather and a typical start time in central Illinois. Land preparation has begun and cabbage planting should start early next week followed by green beans and super sweet corn.

 

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Crop Update 3/15/17

TEXAS

Greens Field
Greens Field

Above average temperatures and heavy rains are producing a large and heavy crop of cabbage while the greens have been taking a little bit of a beating in the Texas valley.
If this heat and rain continue the crop could wind down a little quicker than typical, maybe ending as early as the first week of April on some of the items, like spinach and mustard greens.

GEORGIA

Warm and very dry weather here is causing some concern with heavy bug pressure especially diamond back moths in the cabbage and greens crops.
Planting is on schedule for all commodites and greens production is approaching full activity with cabbage about 3 weeks away.
Sweet corn is planted and out of the ground but we are watching temperatures as they are approaching below freezing for tonight and tomorrow and it may affect the growth of the first two plantings.

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Crop Update 2/24/17

TEXASCabbage Leaf

Above average temperatures and the right amount of rain is producing an excellent crop of cabbage and greens in the Texas valley. The high daytime temperatures are starting to take a toll on some of the greens, especially mustard.

GEORGIA

Perfect planting conditions continue at our farm in Moultrie, GA, with our first planting of sweet corn going in the ground on Tuesday the 21st. Conditions look favorable for the next 10 days.

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Crop Update 2/7/17

TEXAS

The weather has continued to be warmer than average with perfect amounts of rain. Our crops are coming in 12-14 days earlier than our anticipated harvest dates with outstanding quality that should continue for at least the next 30 days.

The current cabbage markets are being driven downward due to the fact that the crops are larger in yield and some fields are “doubling up” causing more supply than the demand can handle. Although prices are stagnant, we anticipate supplies will be much less than the current levels and prices to rise.