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July 19, 2023

New crop cantaloupe and honeydew production is underway in California’s San Joaquin Valley; markets are low. Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are available.


  • San Joaquin Valley, California is experiencing high temperatures (105+F); growers are taking extra precautions to protect fruit quality
    • Cooler evening temps (75F), extra watering, and minimal disruption of foliage by crews (fruit shade) is reducing heat concerns
    • Quality is excellent in most lots; sugar levels range from 12-14 Brix
    • The crop is dominated by large sizes (nine- and jumbo nine-count fruit)
  • The Arizona/California desert season is ending; quality is fair to poor due to extreme heat
  • Expect steady to slightly lower markets this week due to the harvesting transition overlap


  • New crop production is starting this week in California’s San Joaquin Valley despite hot weather
    • Quality is very good
    • Sugar levels range from 12-14 Brix
  • Remaining Arizona/California desert stocks are suffering in quality due to excessive heat of 115F
    • Size is dominated by jumbo five-count melons
    • Six-count and smaller fruit is snug
  • Expect slightly lower markets next week

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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