News and Stories


March 19, 2020

Arizona/California Desert Region Row Crops  

  • Supplies of broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuces, and leafy greens are limited    
  • Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, foodservice demand is slowing and retail sales are on the rise, pushing their produce demand up 20 to 30% over their six-week averages
  • The Arizona/California desert region has received up to two and a half inches of rain, minimizing harvesting times due to wet and muddy field conditions
  • Prices are elevated 


Arizona & Texas

  • Early February’s inclement weather in the Mexican growing regions has negatively affected yields for the month of March
  • Crossings into Nogales, Arizona and McAllen, Texas are below normal for this time of year
  • Rain and low temperatures in Mexico this week are further decreasing volume 


  • East Coast availability is extremely low; demand is extremely strong due to tight Mexican supplies
  • Warm weather will help increase yields a bit this week, but markets will remain elevated
  • Expect high prices until new crop supplies ramp up in mid- to late April


Santa Maria & Oxnard

  • Both regions have experienced 0.50” – 0.75” of rainfall this week
  • Weather-related quality problems will include bruising, decay, mold, and off-color
  • Temporarily, shippers will only pack 8/1- pound clamshells to help mitigate arrival issues

Florida & Mexico

  • The weather is in the high 80s in Florida and Mexico
  • Berries will exhibit some bruising, softness, and off-color in remaining packs


West Coast

  • Cooler-than-normal temperatures and heavy rain will reduce volume and affect production
  • New growing districts have started harvesting in a limited manner, but have not ramped up due to unfavorable weather
  • Expect increasing markets through the rest of the month

East Coast

  • Warmer-than-normal temperatures have contributed to adequate volume
  • Strong demand caused by decreased Mexican stocks is pushing up Florida markets
  • Prices will continue to rise

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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