PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — It was another tough season for area strawberry growers.
The Tampa Tribune reports that a lack of harvesters, unseasonable heat and a glut of strawberries contributed to the difficult season.
Plant City area growers produced an estimated 25 million flats of the fruit in 2012-13, about the same as the previous season. The farmers grow most of the winter strawberries produced in the U.S.
There were too many berries during the peak consumption months of December, January and February.
Similar to 2011-12, growers again encountered unseasonable heat that led to plants bursting forth with berries - particularly in January, a prime month for the harvest.
They also competed with imports from Mexico, which once again had a bumper crop.