Iceberg and leaf lettuce supplies have nearly fully transitioned to California’s Salinas Valley from the desert and other transitional growing regions. Quality is good apart from sporadic insect pressure. Supplies are tight, and most crops are far off from ideal maturity or very inconsistent, causing case weights to be light. Weight ranges for 24-count iceberg have ranged from 33 to 41 pounds. Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine Lettuce packs are limited; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed.
The industry is currently experiencing the inevitable results of missed plantings and lost crop acres from heavy rains/flooding in January through March, combined with extended periods of below-normal temperatures that hindered growth.
Temperatures are much higher this week, reaching into the upper 70°s to low 80°s, promoting growth. However, a low-pressure system moves into the area Monday, May 1, bringing back cooler weather and a chance for rain on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3.
Markon inspectors will be monitoring weather and the supply outlook closely and will update further as needed.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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