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July 1, 2024

Excessive heat will hit California’s San Joaquin Valley this week, Tuesday July 2 through Tuesday, July 9, impacting multiple commodities.

High temperatures ranging from 110ºF to 120ºF may result in short-term and long-term supply disruptions. Reduced harvesting hours and quality issues (such as over ripeness, softness, shriveling, reduced sugar levels, small size, and sunburn) may reduce yields, tighten availability, and push markets higher over the next one to two weeks. Bloom drop from heat stress, pollination issues, and reduced planting hours for new fields, raises concerns for future gaps in supply.

Nighttime low temperatures are forecast in the 70ºF to 80ºF range which is expected to help reduce overall stress on plants and minimize issues, but Markon will be keeping a close eye on the following crops which are grown in the San Joaquin Valley this time of year:

  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe melons
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew melons
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons

Markon recommends ordering for quick turns and maintaining the cold chain to maximize quality and shelf-life. Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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