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UPDATE: Ice in the Desert Growing Region

November 21, 2016

Freezing temperatures in the Arizona/California growing region are expected to interfere with lettuce and leafy green harvests November 29-30. Cooler temperatures are expected to persist into the first week of December; widespread lettuce ice is forecast. Cold weather can slow plant maturity and reduce production hours, as crews have to wait for plants to thaw sufficiently before harvesting. Expect volatile prices for the next several weeks.  


Green Leaf/Romaine

  • Green leaf and romaine prices remain low
  • Stocks are ample as growers are harvesting in Coachella, Oxnard, and Santa Maria, California as well as Yuma, Arizona
  • Freezing temperatures expected next week in the desert region; freeze-related quality issues will develop over time
  • Expect prices to rise by early December if temperatures drop to freezing levels
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are sporadically available; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as necessary due to mildew and seeder problems



  • Supplies are readily available; prices are weak 
  • Next week’s freezing temperatures will slow maturity and create harvesting/loading delays
  • Head size remains small; carton weights are in the high 30s/mid-40s
  • Freeze-related issues will reduce yields and overall weights
  • Expect the market to rise by early December if temperatures drop to freezing levels
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is limited; MBA is being substituted due to internal burn, low weights, and seeders


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.



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