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October 6, 2021

Iceberg prices are rapidly rising. Green leaf and romaine markets are inching up.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are available
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is sporadic; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed
  • Weather fluctuations and increased disease pressure are challenging Salinas Valley yields and carton weights
    • Cooler-than-normal temperatures are forecast over the next two weeks; field growth will slow, further limiting supplies
    • Disease pressure, including Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus and Sclerotinia, is more prominent at this point in the season, reducing harvestable yields; harvesting crews are culling affected heads from final packs
  • Quality is good: limited amounts of fringe burn, internal burn, mildew pressure, and seeder are being detected at the field level
  • Iceberg harvesting will begin in Huron in mid- to late October; green leaf, iceberg, and romaine production will begin in the Arizona/California desert by early to mid- November
  • Most suppliers are holding contracts to averages
  • Expect elevated markets through October

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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