News and Stories

UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of September 5, 2016

September 08, 2016


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli Crowns are sporadic due to larger size and branchy stems; Markon Best Available (MBA) will be substituted as necessary
  • Quality is better in California than other regional areas
  • Production is limited in Mexico due to inclement weather; prices are higher  

Green Leaf

  • MFC Premium Green Leaf is sporadic; MBA will be substituted as needed
  • Raw product supplies are occasionally exhibiting mildew; Markon inspectors are monitoring quality very closely and will report any changes
  • Stocks are sufficient; prices are low  

Hurricane Hermine

  • Initial damage reports are less severe than expected
  • Growers have resumed harvests in multiple regions of Georgia and the Carolinas 
  • Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph hit the area; 3 to 5 inches of rain were recorded
  • Crop conditions are being reported as normal despite sporadic bloom drop from high wind speeds; bloom drop will affect supplies in 4 to 6 weeks when cucumber, squash, and tomato plants would have been harvested

Hurricane Newton

  • Up to 5 inches of rain fell in parts Northwestern Mexico
  • The system has moved into Eastern Arizona, but did not affect the Yuma growing region
  • The Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora, the main growing areas for cucumbers, hard squash, melons, and soft squash in October and November, received light-to-moderate impact from the storm

Iceberg Lettuce

  • MFC Premium Iceberg Lettuce is available
  • Supplies are sufficient for the upcoming weeks; the market is stable
  • Regional yields remain adequate; West Coast demand is moderate
  • Expect to see more growth cracking through next week due to inconsistent weather

Idaho Potatoes

  • MFC Norkotah Potatoes are on the market
  • MFC Burbank Potatoes will be available for shipment the first week of November 
  • Prices are easing and will remain low through harvesting or until growers close storage cellar doors in late October   

New Crop White Russets

  • Temperatures have been ideal during the White Russet growth phase; very good quality and high yields are forecast
  • New crop White Russet harvesting will begin in mid- to late September
  • White Russet potatoes will go through the sweat process before shipment


  • Fresh-run MFC Onions from Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington are readily available
  • Demand is strong in all growing areas, but Markon anticipates steady pricing for reds, yellows, and whites
  • Harvesting for the storage crop has begun and will progress up over the next several weeks
  • Onions possess a solid, globe-like shape, firm texture, and moderately spicy flavor


  • MFC Premium Romaine is sporadic; MBA will be substituted as needed
  • More fringe burn (located on the outer and top portions of the head as well as inside the head) may result from hot weather
  • Overall stocks should remain sufficient for the next few weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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