Please click here view a Markon Live from the Fields video about how epidermal blistering, caused by freezing temperatures, is now developing into epidermal peeling in desert lettuce items, particularly romaine.
• Freezing temperatures in late December/early January caused epidermal blisters to form on desert lettuce crops
• Last week’s warmer temperatures promoted growth and caused blisters to burst open and begin to discolor
• Romaine and other leaf lettuce items with open heads are more susceptible to this issue, but iceberg lettuce is also affected
• Operator customers can expect to see this type of defect in commodity lettuce items over the next few weeks
• Additional preparation time is recommended in order to identify and remove defects that harvesting crews cannot completely avoid
• The attached pictures further illustrate the type of epidermal peeling that is now being observed throughout the industry
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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