FROM THE FIELDS: HEAT-RELATED DEFECTS

April 8, 2022

Recent high temperatures have started to impact lettuce row crop and value-added items in the Arizona/California growing region. Markon Inspectors are working closely with suppliers to pack the highest quality available, however with temperatures currently reaching daytime highs of 95-100 F, the following defects are expected:

  • Sun scalding
  • Sun burn
  • Internal burn
  • Rib-blight
  • Growth crack
  • Bolting
  • Seeder
  • Increased insect pressure

Harvesting crews are doing the most to minimize or avoid present defects from the finished packs.

Maintaining the cold chain throughout distribution is critical for maximizing quality and shelf-life.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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