Vegetable Crop Outlook 2012

Vegetable Crop Outlook 2012 ctd.

Kent Shoemaker

Kent Shoemaker
Lipman (formerly Six L’s 
Packing Co.), Immokalee, FL

Q1. Coming out of a winter with several freezes and some heavy rain, we had a decent yield this past spring. Overall, Lipman was pleased with the season.   

Q2.  The early tomato crop was fair, due to the excessive rain in Central Florida. Farther south in Estero, LaBelle, and Immokalee, the tomato crop is still young.

Q3.  As the largest field tomato grower in North America, we are one of the only companies in the country to provide consistent, year-round employment for migrant workers. As a result, we depend on our farm workers every day, and it is essential for us to care for them and their families. All our workers have I-9 documentation and are approved to work in the U.S. If they don’t have this documentation, they aren’t hired. We use Job Services of Florida to screen and verify workers.

Q4.  Weather fluctuations affect crop yields — therefore, climate change has a major impact on our business. And, while we can’t control the weather, we can control our farm locations. To continuously provide fresh, seasonal produce, Lipman’s farms are positioned strategically throughout North America.

Q5.  Ensuring we continue to meet our customers’ changing needs is an important factor. Customers want to interact with the growers and see where the produce is coming from. Lipman’s “Access to the Acre” program gives them the opportunity to do this. As part of this program, we have created the “Lipman Vegetable Garden,” a 5,000-acre farm that includes a significant volume of all the vegetables grown across Florida.

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