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Broccoli, lettuce and berry volume ready to ramp up

Salinas and Santa Maria, CA, should have excellent weather for the next 10 days. Volume of broccoli, lettuces and berries should begin to ramp up.

The anticipated heat out west will start tomorrow, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Highs in the San Joaquin Valley will be in the mid-80s all next week with deserts in the high 90s. Monday will be the hottest day of the heat wave with some areas getting up to 100. 


All growing regions of Washington and Oregon will experience a heat wave next week as well. The Yakima Valley will see highs in the upper 70s, even touching 80 on Saturday, April 28. Walla Walla will see highs in the upper 70s all next week. Minimum temps in both locations will be in the 50s. Average temps for this time of year are highs of 60s and minimums in the 40s.

Oregon's Hood River region, which will have cherries, blueberries, peaches and nectarines later this summer, will have highs in the upper 70s all next week, more than 20 degrees above average for this time of year.

There is a 100 percent chance of rain to hit the blueberry-growing regions in Georgia Monday, April 23, with well over an inch of rain in most places. Temperatures will remain unseasonably cool with highs only the in low to mid-70s. Florida is the main player in blueberries at the moment with more than 100 loads shipped in the last week. Mexico is the other major player in the blueberry market with 80 loads shipped last week. There are a few loads coming out of California but not enough to make waves in the market. Georgia is still a couple of weeks off due to the weather issues.

Chile continues to ship good volumes of grapes, with well over 500 loads per week coming into the United States. Mexico is next up on the horizon. The newest growing locations in Jalisco should be coming on in the next week. The Sonoran growing regions of Hermosillo and Caborca should be later this year due the freezes last month. They should get under way in the first or second week of May. Production overall on grapes out of Sonora is predicated to be down 6-8 million packages from last year due to these weather issues.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)