FROM THE FIELDS: PERSISTENT DESERT HEAT

March 21, 2022

The forecast for the Arizona/California desert growing region calls for above-normal temperatures to continue throughout this week. Temperatures will be in the mid-70°s to upper 80°s early in the week, increasing to mid-80°s to upper 90°s by Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25.

Harvesting crews have been starting earlier in the morning to avoid peak temperatures, and will continue this practice as well as look for and work to remove defects in lettuce and other row crop items. Some heat-related quality issues may not be completely removed and a decline in shelf-life potential is also likely to occur over the next two to three weeks.

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

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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