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February 6, 2024

The Arizona/California desert growing region is experiencing another rain event today, with the forecast calling for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms later this afternoon and continuing through the evening. Upwards of .25” to .50” of total rainfall are expected. Some growers of desert row crop vegetables have canceled harvests today. Suppliers have packed orders ahead to minimize disruptions.

More rain is expected Thursday, February 8, followed by a cooling trend with morning temperatures dropping into the mid-30°s to low 40°s, possibly allowing for lettuce ice to form over the weekend.

Markon inspectors are actively monitoring field conditions and quality/shelf-life challenges that are developing after the most recent rain event and previous ice events. Lettuce and tender leaf items in particular will be most impacted by the following issues:

  • Bottom rot
  • Decreased case weights for commodity lettuce items
  • Discoloration and/or decay on epidermal blistering and peeling
  • Dirt/mud on the product
  • Increased mildew pressure
  • Premature pinking in some value-added salads or Washed & Trimmed leaf lettuce packs
  • Reduced shelf-life potential
  • Yellowing leaves/discoloration

Harvesting and processing crews will work to keep boxes as clean and dry as possible and will take steps to minimize defects. Ordering for quick turns is recommended and as always, maintaining the cold chain is critical for maximizing quality and shelf-life.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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