News and Stories


June 22, 2017

Bell Peppers

  • Red bell peppers will be extremely limited due to excessive heat in California’s Imperial Valley
  • Tropical Storm Cindy is forecast to sweep through Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, limiting production in those regions
  • Expect increased demand over the next 10 days as fewer supplies become available
  • Prices are expected to fall by July 10 as new regions on both coasts begin summer production

Leafy Greens

  • Abnormally warm temperatures continue to impact the raw product quality, supply level, and shelf-life of leafy greens such as arugula, spinach, and spring mix
  • Salinas Valley temperatures reached the mid-90s this week, impacting quality
  • Expect limited supplies and shortened shelf-life potential for the next 10 to 14 days
  • Maintaining the cold chain is vital for optimal shelf-life and quality; Markon recommends ordering for quick turns


  • Markon First Crop Broccoli Crowns are sporadic; Markon Best Available and packer label are being substituted as necessary
  • California’s wet winter has delayed second plantings for some suppliers, resulting in production gaps
  • Mexican stocks are tightening due to quality, shifting demand to California
  • Expect higher prices for the next two to three weeks

Salinas, California Weather Outlook

  • Central California growing regions continue to experience unseasonably high temperatures; by June 27, a slight cool down is expected, but temperatures will remain elevated   
  • Higher temperatures will promote crop growth, but can also create heat-related quality challenges and shelf-life issues in lettuces, leafy greens, and strawberries
  • Expect more burn, dehydration, growth cracks, and sunscalding
  • Harvesting crews will start as early as possible to avoid peak temperatures

Tropical Storm Cindy

  • Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and eventually the Carolinas as the storm moves eastward
  • Multiple commodities including bell peppers, cucumbers, squashes, and tomatoes are being harvested in these regions
  • Production delays and potential quality issues are expected over the next 10 days
  • Prices will climb as fewer supplies become available

Extreme Heat in California

  • Excessive heat is forecast in California’s San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys over the next ten days; extremely high temperatures can disrupt normal growth cycles and promote heat-related defects
  • Limited harvesting hours (due to the extreme working conditions) will reduce yields
  • Commodities affected will include bell peppers, melons, onions, oranges, and squash
  • Expect reduced volume and higher prices over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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