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FROM THE FIELDS: Santa Maria Strawberries

November 01, 2016

Please click here  to view a Markon Live from the Fields video about current quality and strawberry shortages in Santa Maria, California.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Strawberries are not available; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Santa Maria has received approximately 1.3” of rain since Friday, October 28
  • Trace amounts of rain passed through the area again this morning, but a small number of growers are trying to resume harvesting
  • Yields have plummeted as production crews are stripping 60% to 80% of total fruit because it is damaged (see photos)
  • More rain is not forecast, but a brief heat spike on Thursday, November 3 could prolong quality problems
  • Markon inspectors will continue to review quality and supply levels and will update further as needed

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


John Galvez
Quality Assurance


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