UPDATE: Lettuce and Leafy Greens in the Salinas Valley
October 04, 2016
Lettuce and leafy green prices are expected to remain low through next week; supplies are readily available. Salinas Valley weather fell back into the high 60s/low 70s at the beginning of the week and will reach the low 80s by the end of the week; no rain is in the forecast.
- Last week’s warmer weather pushed some fields 6-10 days ahead of harvesting schedule
- Liner weights have consistently been in the mid-40s with some in the 50-pound range
- Markon expects weights to fluctuate as growers move in and out of different fields and to harvest the best quality
- Mildew and mildew damage are now widespread throughout the industry; dense texture is being found occasionally as well
- Some growers were behind schedule and have actually caught up due to the recent heat
- Sun-scorching remains a problem in the hotter areas; weak tip and mildew concerns are sporadic
- Internal burn is also being found, although not significant amounts
- Weights are fluctuating due to these quality problems, but it isn’t a major concern at this time
Markon inspectors are working with suppliers to select the best lots available for Markon orders. Please remember that maintaining the cold chain is critical to maximizing the quality and shelf-life of commodity and value-added produce items.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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