FROM THE FIELDS: Quality Issues in the Salinas Valley
November 03, 2016
Please click here to view a Markon Live From the Fields video about current quality issues in row crop items from California’s Salinas Valley.
- California’s Salinas Valley received an additional .10” of rain on the morning of Tuesday, November 1
- Growers continue to face less-than-ideal harvesting conditions, leading to curtailed production and tighter supplies
- In addition, the following rain-related quality issues are expected to persist through the end of the Salinas growing season:
- Bacterial leaf spotting (click here to view bacterial leaf spotting on romaine lettuce)
- Bottom rot (click here to view bottom rot on romaine)
- Decay (click here to view decay on iceberg lettuce)
- Insect pressure (click here for aphids on green leaf lettuce and here for aphids on iceberg)
- Mildew (click here to view mildew on iceberg)
- Premature pinking/shortened shelf-life in commodity and value-added items
- Many iceberg lettuce growers have already made the transition south to Huron, California where Markon inspectors are seeing better iceberg quality
- Some light bottom rot and ribby/odd-shaped heads are being observed, but there are currently fewer serious defects in Huron’s iceberg stocks
- Most growers will begin the move to the Arizona/California desert growing region within the next two weeks as the Salinas season comes to an end
- Markon inspectors will review upcoming desert supplies by the end of this week and will update with more information soon
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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