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January 22, 2024

The Arizona/California desert growing region received rainfall Sunday, January 21, totaling under .25”. The forecast is calling for more rain today and Tuesday, January 23, with possible totals up to .75”.

Suppliers have packed orders ahead to minimize disruptions. Harvesting, production, and loading delays are being reported this morning with several suppliers canceling harvest.

The combination of rain and recent ice events will cause additional quality challenges to develop. Below is a list of defects and issues that Markon inspectors are observing and watching out for:

  • 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 but can’t avoid all of these issues completely. 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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