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Desert ice forecast expected to disrupt production

markon ice lettuce 1-27-23
This photo was taken by Markon inspectors January 27, 2023. Ice is forecast again in the next week.

Markon Cooperative BB #:123315 released this From The Fields report on the CA/AZ desert region January 3, 2024:

A series of winter cold fronts are expected over the next week in the Arizona-California desert growing region, bringing a pattern of light rain followed by cool temperatures and lettuce ice conditions.

The first chance for rain comes this afternoon, January 3, before another light shot of rain on Sunday, January 7, but less than .10 inches of rain is expected between these two storms.

Temperatures will cool significantly through most of next week, starting on Monday, January 8. Morning lows will drop below freezing, and widespread lettuce ice is forecast across all desert valleys.

Significant production and loading delays will occur next week. Markon will work with suppliers to build inventory leading into these weather challenges in order to minimize disruptions.

Markon inspectors will continue to monitor weather forecasts closely and will update further as needed.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.