FROM THE FIELDS: Salinas Valley Weather Update
October 04, 2018
A small storm system is working its way through California’s Salinas Valley, bringing intermittent showers that have persisted throughout the day and may continue into tomorrow. While rain projections are low and non-threatening to harvesting, the bigger concern stems from recent warm, humid nights.
The combination of warm, humid nights followed by patches of rain on iceberg, leaf lettuce, and strawberries can create the following quality defects over the next couple days:
Decreased shelf-life in value-added items
Increased mildew pressure
Pre-mature pinking in commodity and/or value-added lettuce items
Soft texture in strawberries
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for further information.
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