The Castroville and Salinas artichoke growing regions have experienced persistently warm weather throughout the month of August; similar conditions are forecast through early September. Consistent nighttime temperatures, ranging from 55-65 degrees, have drastically decreased artichoke production; supplies will be 50% lower than normal for the next five to six weeks.
- Extremely warm night temperatures have interrupted the artichoke plants’ ability to vernalize (or flower), delaying growth and maturity
- Artichokes typically need cool morning and nighttime temperatures in the 40-55 degree range to grow at steady, predictable rates
- Above-average temperatures during both day and night have stressed plants and their environment
- Small sizes dominate supplies; large sizes are very limited
- Overall volume is reduced as much as 50% in all sizes
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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