A cold front that passed through the Arizona/California desert growing region Tuesday evening, February 14, brought cold wind gusts of up to 40 mph and a few light sprinkles of rain in isolated areas. Winds have subsided and caused morning temperatures to dip into the mid-upper 30°s, resulting in light lettuce ice that will delay harvest for 2-3 hours.
Much colder temperatures are expected Thursday through Saturday, February 17-19, with morning lows in the upper 20°s-to mid-30s°. Widespread, severe lettuce ice will cause significant production and loading delays over the next several days. Markon inspectors will be monitoring quality following the high winds and cold temperatures, anticipating some dehydration, epidermal blister, wind damage, and possibly elevated levels of dirt in some lettuce and tender leaf crops.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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