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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 future.


Salinas and Santa Maria regions will get up to an inch of rain on Thursday and Friday of this week and then a 40 percent chance of rain next Wednesday, March 7. Highs this week will fail to get out of the 50s and lows will remain in the 30s and 40s. Santa Maria has a projected low of 32 for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Expect a freeze warning from the National Weather Service. We will update you again on Friday about rain for next week.

San Joaquin Valley growing regions got some much needed rain yesterday and will get more today as the tail end of the storm passes through. Another storm will come through Thursday and Friday of this week. Most likely we'll see about an inch of total rain out of both storms. The freezing temps last Saturday morning might have caused more damage to the early stone fruit crop. Check with your shippers and plan accordingly on contract business.

Strawberries and blueberries: Everything is coming up berries in Florida. Perfect weather throughout the state is still producing good volumes of strawberries and should also lead to the start to the blueberry season fairly soon.

Mexico: Production out of western Mexico has slowed down a bit this week due to highs only in the low 80s and minimum temps in the low 50s. By Sunday the highs will be back in the 90s but lows will remain the low 50s. Still plenty of product available on all commodities.

Weather in central Mexico looks good with no issues on the horizon. Highs in the 80s and lows in low to mid-50s, which is very typical for this time of year: big wet veg-growing region.

Chile and Peru: No issues to report. Weather for typical for this time of year.

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