UPDATE: Spring 2017 Harvesting Transition
February 24, 2017
Growers are preparing for our semi-annual transition between Salinas, California and Yuma, Arizona. The spring harvesting transition from the Arizona/California desert growing region to the Salinas Valley and Huron, California (the San Joaquin Valley region) will begin in a limited way the week of March 20.
The Yuma growing season will end in approximately five weeks
Growers are assessing plantings and estimate that roughly three to four weeks of supplies remain
Harvesting schedules will be adjusted to keep production in the desert for as long as possible as well as to transition to Salinas earlier to minimize any shortages
This month, the Salinas Valley has already received over four inches of rain; historically, the region receives approximately three inches by this stage
Some crops growth has been stunted due to saturated ground and very little sunshine
While the industry has not missed many plantings, some growers will experience delays, which can alter projected harvesting dates
The impact of recent rain will more than likely create a ten-day production gap; however, the next few weeks remain critical
Markon will continue to update as news unfolds.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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