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December 22, 2023

The slow-moving low-pressure system that brought significant rainfall to Southern California over the past few days is now over the Arizona/California desert region. Heavy rain started falling early this morning and may bring anywhere from .75” in the Coachella region to over an inch in Yuma.

Grower/shippers have been packing ahead in anticipation of the rain and most will cancel harvest activities today and possibly tomorrow pending field conditions and demand.

Rain-related challenges that can be expected over the next several days included:

  • Harvesting, production, and loading delays due to wet/muddy fields
  • Sporadic dirt/mud in some commodity and value-added packs
  • Elevated mechanical damage and/or bruising
  • Premature pinking in some lettuce packs
  • Reduced shelf-life due to high moisture content

Markon inspectors will continue to monitor conditions and update further as needed.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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