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FROM THE FIELDS: Salinas/Watsonville Strawberries

October 18, 2016

Please click here  to view a Markon Live from the Fields video about rain-related issues being found in strawberries from the Salinas/Watsonville, California growing region.

  • The Salinas/Watsonville growing region received between .35” and 1.5” of rainfall over the weekend
  • Most ripe fruit was affected by significant water damage; decay is also developing in many berries
  • Click here to view pictures of water damage and decay
  • Growers are still assessing whether to continue picking for the fresh market or end their season at this time
  • With another chance of showers possible next week, the likelihood of extending the fresh market season any longer is very low
  • Markon inspectors are now monitoring quality in Santa Maria, California where fall berry production is ramping up
  • A heat spike is expected in Santa Maria by mid-week and has the potential to cause more quality and supply concerns
  • Click here for more pictures of water damage and decay

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


Ismael Rios
Quality Assurance


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