Temperatures in the Salinas Valley have been above average this week, but a low pressure system is now moving into the area, bringing with it cooler temperatures for the weekend, winds of up to 35 mph, and a small chance for rain Saturday, October 22. Lettuce ice could also develop due to early morning temperatures possibly dipping into the mid-30°s on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23. The forecast also is calling for the potential of rain to develop for Tuesday, October 25, then high pressure returns, bringing temperatures back to seasonal norms or slightly higher by the end of next week.
Although the threat of any significant rainfall is low, the fluctuating temperatures and increased winds will likely cause more quality and shelf-life concerns in commodity and value-added lettuce items, which are already impacted by soil disease and plant virus issues.
Supplies will remain extremely limited and shelf-life performance is expected to remain below normal until desert region supplies come into play in the next two to four weeks.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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