FROM THE FIELDS: Heat-Related Defects in Central California
July 10, 2018
The temperatures over the last several days rose into the mid-80s to low 90s in the California Central Coast region. Markon inspectors have encountered industry wide heat-related defects; more issues are expected to develop in the next week as the product matures.
Potential quality issues such as bruising, decay, smaller sizing, soft texture, and shortened shelf-life are expected upon arrival late this week and into next
Over the next two weeks, temperatures are expected to drop back into the low 70s which will allow plants to recover
Product is exhibiting brittle texture and yellow leaves; processing is contributing to further mechanical damage and shortened shelf-life
Inspectors will continue to closely monitor items such as arugula, cilantro, and spinach as they are especially susceptible to heat-related defects
Iceberg, Romaine, and Green Leaf:
Markon First Crop Romaine and Green Leaf is available; Markon Best Available Iceberg Liner will be substituted as needed
Below average temperatures over the last several weeks have brought industry wide lighter case weights for liner
Inconsistent liner weights are expected for the next 7-10 days
Quality defects such as bottom rot, dehydration, internal burn, rib blight, and sunscald will be seen over the next 7-10 days as the product matures
Cold chain management will be important to extend shelf-life in the coming days. Please contact your Markon customer support representative for more information.
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