FROM THE FIELDS: Frost-Related Defects in the Desert Growing Regions
March 06, 2018
Over the last 16 days, a series of cold weather systems have caused lettuce ice to develop on Arizona/California desert vegetable crops. Temperatures are returning to seasonal norms this week, but the atypical weather pattern has already slowed growth and caused frost-related defects such as:
Decreased case weights
Shortened shelf-life performance
Yellowing on leaf tips
The abnormally warm winter temperatures had already pushed fields up to two weeks ahead of schedule across the industry. This late season lettuce ice has now decreased yields and tightened stocks. Many suppliers expect a demand-exceeds-supply market through the end of the season. In addition, many of the above-mentioned issues cannot be removed completely by harvesting and processing crews.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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