UPDATE: Lettuce and Leaf Items - Indian Summer 2016
September 22, 2016
Supplies of lettuce and leaf items should remain consistent through the final phase of the Salinas Valley growing season. Temperatures are starting to increase; if it gets too hot, growth may stall, but so far that's not anticipated.
- A few days of heat will not affect quality too much; however, longer periods of sustained heat can put stress on plants, thin the texture of leaves, and reduce shelf-life
- After several days of persistently high temperatures, plants will try to re-seed; if this occurs, expect more seeders or extended cores in leaf items
- Fringe or internal tip burn are also frequent problems during this time of the season
- Mildew can become an issue on outside, wrapper leaves as well
Some lettuce and leaf growers will start transitioning to Huron, California in the second week of October and down to Yuma, Arizona in November. Markon will keep members posted with more accurate dates as they become available.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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