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February 7, 2024

Yesterday evening about .50” of rain fell with heavy raindrops and even hail in some areas. The combination of already present epidermal peel and heavy raindrops/hail resulted in heavy damage to outer leaves. Harvesting crews are working with extra caution to fully trim outer leaves while struggling with muddy conditions. Extra tractors are being using to help pull harvesting equipment through the fields today.

Markon inspectors are actively monitoring field conditions and quality/shelf-life challenges that are developing after the most recent rain event. Lettuce and tender leaf will be most impacted by the following issues:

  • Bottom rot
  • Decreased case weights for commodity lettuce items
  • Discoloration and/or decay on epidermal blistering and peeling
  • 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
  • Yellowing leaves/discoloration

Harvesting and processing crews will work to keep boxes as clean and dry as possible and will take steps to minimize defects but cannot avoid all these issues completely. Ordering for quick turns is recommended and maintaining the cold chain is critical for maximizing quality and shelf-life.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.