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California storm to hamper harvesting veg, berries and avocados
Spring is here, and California is due to get hit with a storm bigger than any that came this winter. Rain will start later today and continue through Thursday in most locations. Expect harvest of strawberries, broccoli, celery, lettuce, other veg, citrus and avocados from these areas to be curtailed or halted altogether for the majority of the week and quality... Read more
Freeze giving Florida the blues, more storms out west
Cold weather continues in Florida. Alachua had a freeze warning issued yesterday morning and today they are waking up to a temperature of 36 degrees. Orlando is 46 this morning and Plant City 40 degrees. Typical minimums for this time of year are 51 for Alachua and 60 for Orlando. These three areas are the main blueberry regions for Florida and this cooler weather... Read more
Fla. peaches, watermelon delayed; more Calif. storms
The start of Florida's peach and watermelon crops, for which harvesting should have started, has been pushed back to around April 1 due to cold weather the last two weeks. Of the peach crop, Sonia Tighe of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association and Steven Callaham of Dundee Citrus Growers Association both said the cool weather has not damaged the fruit... Read more
Florida blues chill out, tomatoes tighten and the West stays wet and wild
It's chilly in Florida this morning. Things have changed quickly in last few days as another cold front descends upon Florida. Alachua woke up to a freeze warning, and Orlando and Plant City had morning lows of 42 degrees. These three locations can expect up to 0.25 inches of rain over the weekend with lows in the 40s all next week. This cooler weather will... Read more
Storms lined up to hit California
Three more storms are lined up to hit California in the next 10 days. Expect rain this weekend through Monday, a second storm next Wednesday the 14th and a third storm the weekend of March 17-18. California is getting much-needed snow out of these storms, which should help with irrigation supplies in the summer months. Despite the rain, veg out of Salinas should... Read more
Weather wreaks havoc on veg markets, slows Mexican production
While weather in California and Arizona is wreaking havoc on markets, production in Culiacan, Mexico, has slowed down, which could be a blessing in disguise. Production in Culiacan and the surround growing regions has slowed due to nightly lows in the low 50s. You should begin to see smaller inventories of tomatoes, Bell peppers, cucumbers and squash... Read more
Wet veg markets headed higher as rain and cold continue
How will rain and cold weather in California affect the veg market? We are already seeing the results as markets head higher. As we enter the time of year when the winter crop out of the desert traditionally begins to slow down and we transition into California's Salinas Valley region, the unstable air in the state will cause problems to markets for the foreseeable... Read more
California sees damage to stone fruit crops
California assesses the damage while bracing for the coldest night of the week so far. Tonight into tomorrow morning will see the lowest temps of the week. Continued frost and freeze warnings will be issued for the majority of the state.  Almost everywhere in the San Joaquin Valley will experience freezing temps tomorrow morning. Modesto, Fresno, Visalia... Read more
Big chill threatens California crops
Last night was the coldest night of the week out West with minimums in the upper 20s in some regions and lower 30s in most. Tonight and Wednesday will be a few degrees warmer but the colder weather will settle back in Thursday and Friday night. The main growing regions in California will have frost and freeze warnings until Saturday. Coastal regions, including... Read more
Frost and freeze warnings for Salinas and Watsonville
Salinas and Watsonville, CA, as well as the greater Northern California region, are expected to get temperatures in the low 30s on Monday and Tuesday before getting back to the seasonal normal for the week. In Mexico cold and rain is coming this weekend to Zamora and Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Approximately a quarter of inch of rain is expected to hit blueberries.... Read more
Weather helping boost quality coming from Chile
Chile has had perfect weather throughout the country. It has been a mild summer so far, and quality of grapes and stone fruit should be great right now. Heat is coming to Immokalee, FL, this Sunday through next Wednesday, with highs in the upper 80s. In Mexico, a mini heat wave coming to Culiacan and Sinaloa is expected to run through Saturday with highs... Read more
Rain for limes, good weather for strawberries
Cooler temperatures will finally come to the West this weekend and will continue through next week. Highs will be back in the 60s in coastal regions and 70s in the desert. Rain is forecasted for Southern California, Baja California and Yuma, AZ. Rain will hit the coastal areas of Southern California, including Oxnard, as well as Baja California starting... Read more
Perfect weather, soft markets and good supplies
As anticipated, warm weather has caused an oversupply of production. Markets are soft on all items at the moment and f.o.b. prices are low. Strawberries are the exception, with good demand as we get closer to Valentine’s Day. Florida has beautiful weather up and down the state. Temperatures in the 80s and with only a slight chance of rain on Friday but nothing... Read more
Out west brutal heat with no relief on the horizon
California and Arizona, and down through to Sonora Mexico, are experiencing brutal heat, with no relief in sight for at least the next 10 days. Florida is looking to get slight rains next week, with Homestead, Belle Glade and Plant City getting an honest dusting of rain. All avocado-producing regions are experiencing ideal growing weather; abundant supplies... Read more
The California Strawberry Commission reported that acreage for 2018 continues a trend of growth in production on decreasing planted acreage, as the last few years have seen a 6 percent increase in volume on 13 percent decrease in land. Most of the acreage is shifting to the highest yielding varieties. University of California varieties represent 59 percent of... Read more
Where's the sunblock? Heat wave continues
From Santa Maria, CA, to the San Joaquin Valley to the desert there is no end in sight for the current heat wave; production volumes should continue on the high side. With California, Arizona and northern Mexico seeing above-seasonal temperatures are the grape crops getting enough chill hours? Blueberry production in Chile looks strong with a cooling... Read more
Lime market to get extremely active, summer in January
High pressure and heat coming in full force to the western United States and Mexico. The hottest days will be Sunday through Tuesday, but temperatures will remain warm for remainder of next week. The Coachella Valley is expected to be in the mid-80s; Culiacan, Mexico should be in the mid- to upper 90s; Oxnard and Santa Maria, CA, should be in the mid-70s... Read more
Grab the tequila, limes are taking another shot (of cold and rain)
Another mini heat wave coming to the West this weekend, with highs in the 80s Sunday through Wednesday for the Coachella Valley, Yuma, AZ, and Baja California, Mexico. Heat is also coming to Culiacan, Mexico. Highs in the 90s will start Wednesday and continue through next Tuesday with a peak high of 94 on Sunday. Get ready for an onslaught of supply. Three... Read more
Tomato and pepper gap could be coming
While things should finally get back to normal next week for U.S. growing locations, keep an eye on possible gapping in tomato and pepper production out of Florida in mid- to late February due to blossom drop from the extreme cold weather in the last two weeks. At the moment Florida is coming back to life with temperatures returning to seasonal norms this... Read more
Unusually cold weather to affect production volumes
Florida will get another round of extreme cold weather tonight, which is expected to be the coldest night of the week throughout the state. Freezing temperatures are expected in Plant City and frost warning for Palmetto/Ruskin Wednesday morning, while Immokalee will be in the mid 30s. Cool temperatures will continue through Friday.  Rain is expected to... Read more