Western Growers mourns longtime staffer Tom Oliveri
Tom (Tommy O) Oliveri, a longtime Western Growers staffer who retired from the association in January 2018, several months shy of his 40th anniversary, died in his home Thursday morning, May 28. He was 67. Over four decades, Mr. Oliveri demonstrated uncommon dedication to the WG membership, establishing himself as a Read More ...
Homegrown Organic Farms earns EFI certification, shipping labeled product next week
Homegrown Organic Farms announced its certification from Equitable Food Initiative for its California-grown, organic stone fruit.  This certification demonstrates Homegrown Organic Farms’ dedication to the improved lives of its direct employees and all those associated with their organization.  EFI-labeled product will Read More ...
Buehler’s names new EVP of sales and marketing
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Patrinka Crammond joins Shanley Farms
Citriburst Finger Lime grower Shanley Farms has added Patrinka Crammond in business and program development. Crammond, has an extensive background in the produce industry, most recently seven years with Savor Fresh Farms Kiss Melon program in sales and retail program development. “With many retail relationships and experience Read More ...
John Vena launches new site
John Vena Inc. has been in the produce business for a century. As the company approached its hundredth anniversary in 2019, President John Vena, the third generation of the Vena family at the helm, decided it was time to bring his team’s expertise to life online. The colorful website offers a host of new features. The Read More ...
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Cherry
Superfresh Growers announced the arrival of Super Cherry, the biggest cherries on the tree — extra juicy, extra tasty and extra large. The 2020 lineup includes both dark sweet and Rainier cherries in pouch bags and clamshells. Exclusively grown and shipped by Superfresh Growers, these jumbo Northwest cherries will deliver a Read More ...
Hy-Vee, Robinson Fresh donate 50,000 mangos
Robinson Fresh, a leader in fresh produce sourcing and supply chain solutions, announced the donation of more than 50,000 mangos to families in need. Totaling roughly 6,000 pounds, the mango supply was distributed at seven different Hy-Vee locations in Iowa earlier this month. At each of the seven locations, Hy-Vee customers Read More ...

Yesterday saw an abrupt end of the heat wave as a cold front came through the Coachella Valley area and dropped temps to 84 for a max and 59 for a minimum. Temps will begin to warm again tomorrow and will reach a high of 100 by Friday. Come Sunday, May 5, temps will cool again and will see a max temp of 87 on Monday, May 6. weat

A late developing storm brought some light showers and much lower temps to the valley yesterday. Temps went from the mid-90s toward the end of last week to only 75 yesterday. On Thursday things begin to warm up again with highs in the mid-80s and will reach 89 Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6 temps will cool off again. There is no more rain in the 10-day forecast. Citrus, blueberries, some wet veg are currently coming from this area. Cherries will be starting next week.

The growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will see temps in the mid- to upper 60s for a high and in the upper 40s to low 50s for a low over the next 10 days. Salinas and Santa Maria might see a high of 70 on Wednesday. There is no rain in the 10-day forecast. Wet veg and berries are the main items coming from these regions.

Wide range of products still coming from the sunshine state. This week Florida will see high temps in the upper 80s and low 90s with daily chances of rain through next Wednesday -- Thursday will see possibilities of at least 0.5 inches. Low temps will be in the upper 60s and low 70s for the next 10 days.

Throughout the state the highs will be in the upper 80s and lows in the mid-60s over the next 10 days. There is a chance of light rain for this Friday and Saturday.

Southern Texas will see max temps in the low 90s and minimums in the low 70s over the next 10 days. Today will be windy, up to 25 miles per hour. Saturday through Monday there are chances of light right up to 0.3 inches. Watermelons should be starting out of this area soon.

These regions are next up for cantaloupes and honeydew melons. Max temps this week will be in the upper 80s to upper 90s and minimum temps in the upper 50s to low 60s. Look for melons to begin sometime next week.

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)

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