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Rises modest except for peas

Canada: Processors pay more for Ontario produce

Processors can expect to pay a little more for produce grown by the 600 Ontario growers who produce for the processing industry this year.

Although this will mostly be modest rises, Al Krueger, executive assistant for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, says that there will be a substantial rise in the price of green peas - by as much as 22% in comparison to last year.

Depending on grade, green peas this year will sell from a low of $268.84 a ton to a high of $725.78 a ton.

"The pea crop is the one that is the most challenging," Krueger says.

Last year growers were faced with the twin challenges of heavy rain during the planting period and extreme heat in the run up to harvesting time. Krueger points out that these are things that peas do not handle very well, leading to a shortage.

Other increases include sweet corn, which is up 2.75 per cent to $102.50 a ton and green and wax beans up four per cent -a weighted average price increase - with price levels depending on grade and type.

Cucumbers, Krueger says, got an increase "but not as much as the board would like."

The 2012 price for cucumbers can be as high as $878 a ton depending on grade and whether the crop is hand harvested. Most of Ontario’s cucumber crop is hand picked.

The final price for some crops - such as the hot banana pepper and tomato - has not yet been reached. Arbitration will decide for the pepper price and the tomato rate is set by the price the California Tomato Growers Association negotiates with their processors. This could come at any point over the next three weeks.

Source: www.betterfarming.com

Publication date: 3/14/2012


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