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UPDATE: Heat Spike in Arizona/California Desert Region

March 11, 2015


Hot weather is forecast for the next 10 days in the Arizona/California growing regions for broccoli, cauliflower, green leaf, iceberg, and tender leaf items. Temperatures will rise as high as 80 to 90 degrees, potentially causing some quality issues.


  • Forecast for the main growing regions are listed below:
    • The Yuma, Arizona and California’s Imperial Valley growing regions are expecting low 90s
    • Huron, California will reach low to mid-80s and as high as 90 degrees
    • Salinas, California is expecting to reach mid- to high 70s to 80 degrees for the next 10 days
  • Quality issues such as dehydration, increased insect pressure, heat stress on tender leaf items, higher respiration rates, shortened shelf-life, and sunburn are expected to impact supplies over the next two or three weeks
  • Markon recommends ordering for quick turnaround to maintain the cold chain and maximize the shelf-life of commodity and value-added items
  • Markon inspectors will continue to monitor fields and report any heat-related quality issues  


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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