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March 14, 2023

Please click here to view a Markon Live from the Fields video regarding significant widespread flooding currently taking place in California’s Salinas Valley.

  • On Friday, March 10, the floor of the Salinas Valley received nearly three inches of rain, while as much as six inches fell in the mountains on both sides of the valley
  • Additional rains are forecast in the Salinas Valley on March 13 and 14; an additional one to three inches are expected
  • The Pajaro River levee, located in the Watsonville/Pajaro Valley, failed last Saturday, March 11, substantially flooding the northern side of the valley; the three main crops affected are iceberg, romaine, and strawberries
  • The Salinas River breached its levee in several areas of the Salinas Valley on Sunday, March 12
    • Previously planted crops projected for harvest from mid-April to mid-May, could experience significant yield losses
    • Plantings that were scheduled from late last week through this week must be postponed due to the oversaturated conditions
  • Monterey County records show the Salinas Valley has roughly 450,000 acres for planting vegetables
    • Salinas Valley accounts for roughly 80% of the nation’s vegetable production from April to early July
    • Delayed plantings and crops lost to flooding will ultimately lead to product shortages and high prices in the spring and into the summer months
  • Markon will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates as new information becomes available

Please contact your Markon account manager for further information.

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