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September 04, 2020

Iceberg lettuce prices are rising.

  • Supplies are tightening following Salinas Valley’s recent mid-August heatwave increased iceberg growth, forcing early harvests
  • Yields have also been affected by soil-borne diseases including Sclerotinia and Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV); impacted heads are being identified by harvesting crews and culled from finished packs
  • Quality remains strong; sporadic defects are present in some lots, including seeder, puffy texture, and internal burn
  • Another heatwave will move into California’s Central Coast this weekend and persist through early next week
  • Elevated temperatures may accelerate growth and limit how high the market will rise next week, but it will also further reduce volume moving forward
  • Expect higher prices over the next two to three weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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