FROM THE FIELDS: CALIFORNIA WEATHER UPDATE

August 8, 2022

Many California growing regions including the Salinas Valley, Santa Maria, and Oxnard continue to experience temperatures and humidity levels that are consistently above seasonal averages. Although coastal areas will remain in the 60s to mid-70s, the bulk of inland areas within these regions will see temperatures in the upper 70s to low 90s this week. The combination of high humidity and elevated temperatures has been wreaking havoc on commodity and value-added lettuce and tender leaf items in particular. The forecast calls for little or no relief throughout the month of August, which will prolong many of the quality and supply issues mentioned below.

Markon inspectors have been observing the following issues/concerns in lettuce items:

  • Bolting/seeder
  • Internal burn
  • Insect pressure
  • Sun scald/sun burn
  • Mildew pressure
  • Inconsistent growth/fluctuating density
  • Shortened shelf-life

Tender leaf items are also susceptible to stress from heat and humidity, and have been exhibiting some of the following issues:

  • Bolting/seeder
  • Decreased volume/yield
  • Inconsistent growth
  • Insect pressure
  • Shortened shelf-life
  • Supply shortages specific to cilantro)

Maintaining the cold chain throughout distribution is critical for maximizing quality and shelf-life. Markon inspectors will be monitoring quality and working with suppliers to select the best product available.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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