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Mind the (berry) gap; Cold storm headed California's way

The latest storm cleared through California late last night. Final rain totals topped out at two-and-a-half inches, and Salinas, CA, escaped without too much rain. This was a warm storm so the temps were not that cold; however, a cold storm is developing with a slight chance of rain over the weekend.wear

This storm will bring cold air and minimum temps in Salinas, Santa Maria, Fresno and Modesto down to 40 degrees with highs in the 60s. These cooler temps will last through Wednesday, March 28 when it will finally warm up to the 70s in the day and the 50s at night. With the combination of this latest rain and cold weather coming for the early part of next week, expect supplies to continue to be light on commodities out of these areas: berries, wet veg and celery.

Tight strawberry and blueberry markets
Florida and Mexico are winding down their strawberry seasons and volume from these regions is only half of what it was just a week ago. Out west the cold and wet is preventing the Salinas/Watsonville crops from taking off. This combination has created a production gap that might last another couple of weeks. 

There is a production gap at the moment with Chile winding down on blueberries and Florida yet to hit good volumes due to cold weather. Mexico is still shipping but not enough to fill the gap.

Weather in Mexico mango-growing areas is perfect with highs in the Michoacán regions in the upper 90s and low 100s. No production issues at this time.

Spring veg
A cold front will pass through western Mexico next week, starting this Sunday and go through Wednesday, March 28. Hermosillo will see highs in the 70s and minimums in the upper 40s. Guaymas will see highs in the upper 60s with min in lower 50s. Ciudad Obregon minimums will be in the upper 40s and highs in the mid-70s. Even Culiacan will be cool with minimums in the low 50s all week -- unusual for this time of year. Please check with shippers in Nogales to see if production will be affected.

Florida will be cool this morning but starting tomorrow will finally start to warm up. Highs should be in the mid-80s and minimums in the mid-60s throughout the state all next week. Expect production from spring crops to finally increase.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)