CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST HEAT WAVEJune 17, 2019
The growing region of the Salinas Valley has experienced higher than normal temperatures through out most of last week, especially the day/night temperature differential (meaning the nighttime temperatures were only slightly cooler than daytime temperatures). This has resulted in heat defects that compromise the quality of many products.
ICEBERG: We will be extremely light in volume the next 3 weeks and lower yields as a byproduct of the heat. Defects include internal weak tip, rib blight, sun burn, bottom yellow leaf (dying plants), root discoloration and occasional mildew.
ROMAINE: Occasional internal burn, outside fringe burn, sun scald, rib Blight, rib discoloration, wind damage and external decay.
CAULIFLOWER: We anticipate the heat to cause discoloration as the jacket will fall down to expose more of head. Extreme heat slows down growth.
BROCCOLI: Discoloration on crown, loose crown, irregular bead growth, weakened condition and brown bead.
The temperatures have been EXTREMELY hot, in some cases breaking high records.