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May 3, 2024

Forecasts for California’s Salinas Valley have increased the expected amount of rain arriving Saturday, May 4. Most parts of the valley are now likely to receive about .25”, but some areas may receive closer to .50”. Other key regions such as Santa Maria and Oxnard, California are expected to receive less than .1”.

Growers have packed ahead today to avoid tomorrow’s rain. Any suppliers harvesting tomorrow will take measures to keep product and cartons as clean and dry as possible. Some production delays can be expected through Monday, May 6, pending field conditions.

Markon inspectors will be monitoring row crop vegetable items for any rain-related quality concerns. Lettuce and tender leaf items will be most impacted by the following challenges:

  • Bottom rot
  • 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

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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