UPDATE: Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Squash
January 14, 2016
High prices will persist next week; growers in Florida and Mexico are struggling with lower-than-normal temperatures and rain. Limited supplies are forecast through January.
- Cooler-than-normal temperatures and a daily chance of rain are forecast for the next two weeks in the growing regions of Homestead and Loxahatchee
- Cool weather is slowing plant growth; rain is affecting harvesting schedules
- Winds between 10 and 20 mph will cause scarring on bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and squash; bloom drop will result in depleted stocks in approximately four to five weeks
- Quality is fair; expect shorter-than-normal product shelf-life
- Low volume is shifting demand to Mexico where supplies are also strained
- Expect prices to remain strong until weather improves
- Prices will be high next week as cool nighttime temperatures and cloud cover continue to hinder growth
- Availability will slowly improve over the next two to three weeks as weather improves
- New production is anticipated in the main winter growing area of Culiacan, Mexico (loading in Nogales, Arizona and South Texas)
- Overall quality is good, but expect smaller size as growers must harvest early in order to meet demand
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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