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UPDATE: Iceberg Lettuce

August 10, 2015


The iceberg lettuce market is escalating; prices are in the low twenties. Ready-Set-Serve Iceberg salad blends could reach trigger levels early next week. The market is expected to continue to rise.


  • Persistent hot, humid temperatures in the Salinas Valley are causing quality issues and reducing yields
  • Fringe burn, inconsistent texture, insect pressure, internal burn, long core/seeder, mildew, and weak tip are quality problems affecting yields, carton weights, and shelf-life potential
  • Harvesting crews are removing outer damaged leaves
  • Processor demand is strong; growers must harvest more to meet bin weight requirements 
  • Many schools are back in session, increasing demand
  • Regional yields are below normal due to inclement weather
  • Quality issues will persist through August; abnormally warm, humid weather is forecast
  • Markon First Crop Premium Iceberg is limited; Markon Best Available will be substituted as needed


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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