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UPDATE: Lettuce and Leafy Greens Outlook

January 05, 2018

Warmer-than-normal weather conditions continue in Western Arizona and California’s Imperial Valley. These higher temperatures are maturing iceberg, leafy greens, and mix items ahead of schedule by 10 to 14 days.

  • Without consistently cooler weather, lettuce and leafy green varieties will mature faster than forecast, causing:
    • The potential for a supply gap from February to March, depending on Mother Nature
    • Growers to delay scheduled harvests, in an attempt to stay on the planned harvesting schedule and not disc any further acreage
    • Iceberg and leafy green heads will become denser as the plants will be past peak maturity at the time of harvest
  • Barring adverse weather conditions over the next several months in California’s Salinas and Central Valley California growing regions, a normal transition is predicted for mid- to late March
  • Markon predicts elevated iceberg and leafy green markets when/if the supply gap occurs (February to March)
  • Historically high price points like the industry experienced last year are not forecast
  • California’s current weather pattern is allowing Salinas and Santa Maria growers to follow normal planting schedules
  • Growers are not hampered by heavy rain and wet fields like last year   

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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