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Crops getting caught in the cold November rain

As we enter November more southern growing locations are coming on and regions farther north are fading away. In the east, Florida is starting to pick up steam with all regions starting light harvest. It won’t be long before Florida is in full production up and down the state. Out west Yuma, AZ, has begun its first pickings, and by Thanksgiving it will be in full production. Mexico has also begun its fall veg crop out of Hermosillo; Culiacan is only a few short weeks away with early veg, and by Dec. 1 we should see our first production of romas.  wear

Regions that have been in production all summer and fall are starting to see signs of colder weather.

South Georgia is expected to see rain and cold weather this weekend. The growing regions of Bainbridge, Quitman and Moultrie will see up to 2.5 inches of rain between today and Sunday. Combine that will minimum temps tonight and tomorrow in the mid-40s and we should see a slowdown in production and maybe some quality issues early next week. Products coming out these areas right now are mature green tomatoes, corn, cukes, eggplant and green beans.

The northern half of the San Joaquin Valley will see significant cooling over the next 10 days with minimum temps consistently in the 40s starting next Monday and remaining there all next week. This could lead to the end of the mature green tomato harvest by the end of next week coming out of the Tracy and Newman. The areas around Fresno, which are still shipping late variety grapes, will also see temps get down into the upper 40s starting next Wednesday. Grape production out of the southern half of the valley near Bakersfield should not be affected.

Starting next Tuesday Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria, CA, will also see minimum temps dip into the mid-40s. These low minimums will last at least through next Friday and possibly beyond. Production of heartier items such as cool weather veg and berries may slow down.

For specific locations and commodities that will be affected please reference the Weathermelon app, which offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)