FROM THE FIELDS: STRONG WINDS & LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE SALINAS VALLEY

October 13, 2021

California’s Salinas Valley has had several days of strong, cold winds with gusts up to 40 MPH. Some areas recorded temperatures in the upper 30s this morning with sporadic lettuce ice forming as a result, though no significant harvesting delays were reported. This week’s cold snap is already impacting lettuce and other row crop items. Markon inspectors are observing the following challenges:

  • Decreased Case Weights
  • Dehydration
  • Fringe Burn
  • Slowed Plant Growth
  • Wind Damage

Weather forecasts are calling for temperatures to briefly climb back into the low 80s this weekend, then cool back down to mid-60s to low 70s through next week. These cooler temperatures and shorter days will slow down product growth and make it increasingly difficult for suppliers to meet Markon First Crop case weights for commodity lettuce packs over the next few weeks.

Markon inspectors are monitoring fields and weather conditions and are working with suppliers to secure the best product available.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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