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March 15, 2023


Yuma, Arizona/Imperial and Santa Maria Valleys, California

Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli is available

  • Arizona/California desert supplies are tighter this week
  • Quality has decreased due to several factors
    • Suppliers have been forced to harvest ahead of schedule for most of the winter, reducing available yields through the rest of the Yuma season
    • High humidity has increased the occurrence of mildew and pin rot, tightening supplies further
    • The recent warming trend may lead to bracketed structure and hollow core problems
  • Temperatures rose last weekend, which will bring on additional supplies, easing upward pressure on markets by the end of this week
  • Santa Maria production is expected to be delayed by two to three weeks due to recent storms over the Central Coast; the season normally begins the first week of April, but is now estimated to start as late as the third week

Mexico (into South Texas)

  • MFC Broccoli is available
  • Prices are volatile, but lower
  • Demand is strong in the South Texas loading locations
  • Quality is very good; some mechanical damage has been noted along with occasional mildew

Overall industry supplies will not meet demand through the month of April, expect elevated prices through this time.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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