From Our Farm

For over 50 years, R.C. Hatton Inc. has proudly partnered with marketing company Hugh Branch, Inc. which is the country’s largest distributor of sweet corn, and has grower partnerships in several locations throughout the United States.

 

Items we currently grow 

  • Sweet Corn - Yellow, White, and Bi-Color
     Sweetcorn is available as either conventional or organically grown.

     

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Green Beans
     Green beans are available as either conventional or organically grown.

     

     

  • Cabbage
     The majority of RC Hatton’s red and green cabbage is sold for processing purposes. The balance of our cabbage is boxed for retail sales around St. Patrick’s Day.

     


      

     

  • Sugarcane
    Growing sugarcane the R.C. Hatton way … Top-Quality. Consistent. Safe.

    Growing and harvesting top-quality sugarcane safely year-round takes experience and dedication. R.C. Hatton Inc. has plenty of both. We grow about 4,500 acres of sugarcane each year. To help get the sugar from our farm to you, we are a part of The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and United States Sugar Corporation.

    R.C. Hatton Inc. partners with Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and United States Sugar Corporation.

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    The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida is comprised of 45 grower-members and provides the services of harvesting, transporting and milling of sugarcane, as well as the marketing of raw sugar and blackstrap molasses. The Cooperative has made it possible for family farmers to stay at the leading edge of technology and make use of the latest advancements in science to protect and preserve the environment. The Coop also provides economic stability and viability to an increasingly complex business.

    Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida produces 3.5 million tons of sugarcane yielding approximately 400,000 tons of raw sugar that is grown on 72,000 acres of land primarily in Palm Beach County, FL. As partners with Florida Crystals Corporation, they own and operate the world’s largest cane sugar refining company-ASR Group International, Inv., that owns nine sugar refineries and two raw sugar mills in seven countries. They have the capacity to produce more than six million tons of refined sugar annually. The company produces a full line of consumer, industrial, specialty and food service products under the prestigious brand names of Domino, C&H, Redpath, Tate & Lyle, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Sidul.

     

    United States Sugar Corporationus-sugar-corp is a Florida farming company and market leader involved in sustainable growing and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn. Southern Gardens Citrus and South Central Florida Express railroad also are part of the family and compliment sugarcane operations. Since its founding in 1931, our success has been rooted in traditional farming values coupled with innovation and technology.

    A focus on hard work, integrity, high quality and continuous improvement makes us one of America’s premier, privately held agribusinesses with the largest farming operations east of the Mississippi.  Each year, our local farmers feed American families by providing:

    • Nearly 10% of all sugar produced in America
    • Up to 90 million gallons of premium, Florida, not-from-concentrate orange juice
    • Nearly 50% of Florida’s sweet corn crop

     

    U.S. Sugar is a recognized innovator in sugarcane farming.  Lasers, satellites, a world-class private Wi-Fi network and data analytics are some of our precision agricultural and farm management tools.  They help us achieve the optimum balance of high crop yields and quality food production while conserving our natural resources and protecting the land we farm.  Our integrated sugarcane processing facilities are among the world’s most efficient and technologically advanced.  A number of independent local sugarcane growers partner with U.S. Sugar to cost-effectively process and market their crops, creating greater efficiencies and additional local jobs.

    Sugarcane is planted from stalk cuttings and placed in furrows about five feet apart. After approximately 12 months, the mature sugarcane is ready for harvest. Growers average four harvests each season from a single planting. Harvesting season lasts from late October through mid-March, approximately 150 days.

    Sugarcane is planted from stalk cuttings and placed in furrows about five feet apart.

     

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    After approximately 12 months, the mature sugarcane is ready for harvest. Growers average four harvests each season from a single planting.

     

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    Harvesting season lasts from late October through mid-March, approximately 150 days.