News and Stories


March 23, 2017

Bell Peppers

  • Growers are transitioning into the final stages of winter production in Sinaloa, Mexico and Southern Florida
  • Supplies are tightening; inconsistent weather in both regions has slowed production as new crops ramp up
  • Extra-large and large peppers will be especially limited over the next week as crews break into new fields
  • Expect prices to climb over the next 10 days, then return to normal levels


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli Crowns are available to load in South Texas and Yuma, Arizona; Markon Best Available is being substituted when needed
  • The seasons in the Arizona/California desert and Northern Mexico are wrapping up
  • Florida will have ample supplies from now until growers transition to Georgia in early May
  • The market is easing as Salinas Valley, Santa Maria, and Central Mexico shipments increase


  • Markon Essentials (ESS) Cauliflower remains available for loading in Yuma, Arizona
  • The Arizona/California desert season is winding down and expected to end soon
  • Supplies out of the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria, California are increasing
  • Prices are inching down


  • Growing seasons are wrapping up in Yuma, Arizona and Mexico
  • Heavy rains during the month of February continue to disrupt planting schedules, reducing volume and increasing prices
  • Quality issues such as bottom rot, growth cracking, and decay may be present
  • Expect elevated prices through spring

Freezing Temperatures in the Southeast

  • Cold temperatures in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida have dipped into the upper 20s/low 30s over the past several days
  • The early growth of spring crops will be affected in Southern Georgia; damage to crops such as bell peppers and squash will lower future yields, but it is too early to determine the extent
  • Harvesting in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia will begin in late April/early May
  • Temperatures in Southern Florida fell into the low 40s; production slowed, but no problems are expected


  • MFC and ESS Lemons are sporadic; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Heavy February rain in California’s primary growing regions has increased growth and fruit size, limiting small lemons
  • Supplies of 140-count and smaller sizes (all grades) are extremely tight
  • Expect prices to continue climbing through summer, until offshore and Mexican supplies hit the U.S. market in August


  • MFC Red, White, and Yellow Onions are readily available in the Northwest
  • Texas-grown MFC Red, White, and Yellow Onions will be on the market next week
    • Size profile will be small at the start of the season
    • Medium and jumbo sizes will be most plentiful
  • MFC Red, White, and Yellow Onions will become available in California the first week of May
  • MFC Red, White, and Yellow Onions are forecast to hit the market in late May

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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