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Stronger lettuce volume takes pressure off market

romaine lettuce field

The following crop update was released by Markon Cooperative BB #:123315 May 4, 2023:

Green leaf, iceberg, and romaine markets are elevated, though they have started to weaken as supplies increase.

Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine are sporadic due to low weights. Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed.

The harvesting transition to the Salinas and Santa Maria Valleys is nearly complete. Huron production will end this week. A limited amount of iceberg will remain in Oxnard through May.

Quality is strong; growth cracking, inconsistent density and sizing, and insect pressure are present in some lots. Supply availability will continue to vary from week to week as growers navigate delayed and/or missed plantings due to excessive rains.

Overall industry supplies continue to trend higher, driving markets lower. Demand is strong for the Mother’s Day. Markets are expected to decline further post-holiday.

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