UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

September 13, 2021

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Salinas Valley and Santa Maria

  • Stocks are forecast to remain tight over the next 10-14 days
  • Due to inconsistent weather, growth has slowed considerably
  • Expect markets to rise through the next 10-14 days

Mexican Broccoli Crossing into South Texas

  • Supplies will be limited over the next 10-14 days due to recent heavy rainfall
  • Demand for Mexican product is stronger
    • East Coast volume has fallen
    • West Coast yields are lower
  • Expect higher prices over the next 10-14 days

Cucumbers

  • Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Cucumbers are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • The Baja Peninsula harvest is snug as many growers are between fields
    • Quality is average and extra grading is required
    • Heavy rain and wind is expected over the next few days as Hurricane Olaf heads north into the region
  • East Coast main volume will transition south from New Jersey and Michigan to Georgia and North Carolina over the next few weeks
  • All sizes are available; more off grades are present due to recent storms
  • Quality is excellent in the new growing regions
  • Prices are expected to remain firm over the next few weeks

Green Leaf, Iceberg. And Romaine Markets

  • 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
  • Salinas Valley and Santa Maria, California yields and carton weights have fallen; inconsistent weather has impacted quality and hindered growth
  • Quality issues such as fringe burn, internal burn, mildew pressure, and seeder are expected to become more prevalent in the weeks ahead, which will result in increased shipments of MBA
  • Supplies are sufficiently meeting current demand
  • Expect prices to continue inching up; markets will be elevated for the next two to three weeks

Onions

  • Yellow onion sizing continues to be dominated by medium onions; very few super colossals are available
  • Super colossal prices are rising
  • As super colossal stocks remain tight, demand is shifting to yellow colossal and jumbo sizes; these markets will also inch up
  • Large onion supplies may increase once suppliers begin to ship out of storage in October
  • Smaller sizes could persist throughout the Northwest season
    • From late June through mid-July, the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington experienced record high temperatures
    • Onions were in the latter stages of the growth process during the heatwave; the heat hindered growth
  • Adequate quantities of red onions are available with sizing heavy to mediums; jumbo supplies are sufficient
    • Loading delays may occur

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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