Yuma Lettuce Quality Problems as Transition to Salinas Draws Near

Yuma Lettuce Quality Problems as Transition to Salinas Draws Near

DSCN7167As the Yuma, AZ lettuce season winds down and Salinas prepares to gear up, use caution loading desert vegetables as quality problems are being reported.

Yuma lettuce shipments in particular are having quality issues due to higher than normal temperatures.  The produce is showing some rib blight, rot and sclerotinia.  This is occurring as there is up to a 20 percent increase in shipments for Easter.  Easter is March 27, essentially coinciding with the start of the Salinas, CA. season for many grower-shippers.  Until then, unusually warm weather in Yuma, AZ, is likely to affect quality for all lettuce items.

While Yuma, as well as the Thermal, CA area is finishing up on head and mixed lettuce, Santa Maria mixed leaf shipments have started about two weeks earlier than normal.

Salinas mixed lettuce and other vegetable shipments should get underway in light volume the week of March 28th,  about a week ahead of schedule.

Huron lettuce shipments out of the San Joaquin Valley starts the last week of March and will continue for about three weeks.

The Salinas Valley has had a lot of rain recently that interrupted plantings of vegetables.  Down the road apiece, this is expected to result in some shipping gaps in late May and early June.

Yuma, Iceberg, romaine, leaf, broccoli and cauliflower shipments – grossing about $5600 to New York City.