UPDATE: Rain and Ice in the Desert Growing Region
December 29, 2016
Beginning this Friday, December 30 and persisting through early Sunday, January 1, the Arizona/California growing region will receive up to .50” of rain. Next week’s weather forecasts indicate lettuce ice beginning January 4 and continuing through January 8. Sustained cold weather will slow plant maturity and reduce production hours, as crews have to wait for plants to thaw sufficiently before harvesting. Such persistent cold weather can disrupt the supply chain and cause market prices to escalate.
- Supplies are readily available this week; prices remain low
- Next week’s freezing temperatures are expected to slow maturity and create harvesting/loading delays; markets are poised to rise
- Wet conditions will increase mildew on lettuce and leaf crops, while freezing temperatures will create more epidermal peel and blistering; these issues will reduce yields and overall head weights
- Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf and Romaine is available; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as necessary due to visible mildew pressure and fringe burn
- MFC Premium and Trimmed Iceberg Lettuces are available; MBA is being substituted in some cases due to low weights
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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