News and Stories


September 16, 2020

Iceberg lettuce prices are increasing rapidly. Industry yields are dropping by the week.

  • Erratic weather, including two recent heatwaves over the past four weeks, followed by a period of cooler-than-normal temperatures, have greatly reduced carton weights and overall yields
  • Volume is also being impacted by the soil-borne diseases Sclerotinia and Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV), that are reducing harvestable heads at the field level
  • Lighter field weights will have a dramatic effect on processors, as they now have to utilize additional acreage to achieve the same output, further straining industry supplies
  • Markets will remain elevated through the rest of the Salinas Valley season
  • The below chart illustrates the most recent extreme heat spike in the Salinas Valley, followed by lower-than-normal temperatures

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