UPDATE: GREEN LEAF, ICEBERG, AND ROMAINE

September 13, 2022

California green leaf, iceberg, and romaine supplies have been impacted by disease pressure and higher-than-normal temperatures. Prices continue to climb.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Iceberg, Romaine, and Green Leaf are available; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted due to low case weights and quality concerns
    • Abnormally high temperatures last week are causing varying levels of internal burn, sun scald, growth crack, seeder core, weak tip, and salt and pepper; mildew and thrip damage are also prevalent due to persistently warm soil temperatures
    • INSV and Sclerotia are of special concern and have forced suppliers to cut ahead of their scheduled harvests, affecting Romaine Hearts markets/availability
    • Romaine prices will remain elevated through September and the Yuma transition
    • Iceberg markets remain elevated; low case weights are a result of internal burn forcing suppliers to harvest more immature heads
    • Markets are rising; expect elevated markets through the Yuma transition
    • Warm weather has resulted in dense heads, fringe burn, pest pressure, and weak tip, reducing harvestable yields and shelf-life
    • Mildew, among other pest and disease pressures like INSV, has forced suppliers to cut ahead of their scheduled harvests, lowering case weights and field level yields
    • Markets are forecast to climb over the next five to seven days and will remain elevated through Yuma transition

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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