UPDATE: GREEN LEAF, ICEBERG, AND ROMAINE

June 16, 2022

Green leaf, iceberg, and romaine supplies have been impacted by high temperatures in the Salinas Valley this past weekend. Although supplies will remain adequate through June, many growers are beginning to see reduced yields that are causing markets to inch up. By mid-July plantings will be down 10-20% in California as regional harvesting starts across the Midwest and Canada.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf is available
    • Case weights are high, with above average quality being reported despite the warm weather
    • Some lots are showing dense heads, fringe burn, and occasional weak tip but these issues are easily avoided by harvesting crews at this time
    • Markets are steady at average levels with no major movement forecast for the next 7-10 days
  • MFC Premium Iceberg and Romaine are mostly available; a limited amount of Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted due to low case weights
    • Recent high temperatures, are causing varying levels of internal burn, growth crack, seeder, salt and pepper, mildew and thrip damage
    • Iceberg prices will inch up over the next 10-14 days due to reduced yields caused by the heat, increased disease pressure, and strong demand
    • Romaine markets are steady, with second plantings coming online in Salinas over the next few weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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