Markon Cooperative released a Live from the Fields video October 19, showing the damage and significant yield loss in Salinas Valley lettuce crops caused by soil disease and plant virus issues.
Florida’s November tomato crop will be smaller than normal due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, but Florida will remain a significant supplier from now through December.
September’s inflation report is out, and it isn’t exactly soothing. Grocery prices remain a whopping 13 percent over the previous year, down slightly from 13.5 percent from August’s report. Economists are concerned that price increases show little to no signs of slowing down.
Markon Cooperative's Markon First Crop (MFC) Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine packs are extremely limited; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed.
HLB Specialties, a major importer of rambutan and large papaya, is dealing with the effects of Tropical Storm Julia and its aftermath and informing clients that orders will most likely be affected.
As predicted, Hurricane Ian brought heavy rains and strong wind to virtually every part of Florida. The statewide toll on the agricultural industry is still uncertain, as many face power outages, widespread flooding and the inability to access fields, groves, packinghouses and other places of business. We are thankful no loss of life has been reported by our FFVA members.
Overall produce prices continue to fall as late summer demand struggles to gain momentum. Last week’s Western heat wave damaged a few commodities, but the supply drop was insufficient to counter the general economic malaise.
Not so long ago, the chief annual dread for many people was the prospect of making it through a long, hard winter. Now, it would appear, it’s making it through a long hard summer.
The Salinas Valley is bracing for another significant heat spike.
While there has been no constant rain in the rural sector of Central Mexico, the rainfall that has fallen has been intense and damaging enough to end strawberry production in storm zones, the regional leader of the National Peasant Confederation (CNC) of Guanajuato, Cuauhtémoc Prado Nava, told El Sol de Salamanca.