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Markets heat up after freeze hits parts of Mexico

Temperatures got below freezing in many locations in the northeastern part of Mexico, mainly in the states of Coahuila, Zacatecas, Durango and San Luis Potosi. While Mexico is now out of freeze danger, temps will remain cool through Saturday across the country. On Sunday temperatures will begin to return to normal and we should expect good growing conditions throughout Mexico next week.toma

The next major growing location in Mexico for tomatoes, Bell peppers, cukes, eggplant and green beans is the Culiacan region in the state of Sinaloa. It is experiencing below-normal temps this week but nothing to worry about -- and overall the region had a great fall with perfect growing conditions. Eggplant, beans and cukes have already started on a small scale, and romas are only a few weeks away. Markets will probably stay active until this region begins in earnest and starts to fill the supply gaps.

In Georgia, cold temps last night and tonight should finally bring an end to the fall season. Moultrie and Quitman had minimum temps of 34 last night. These regions are in their final picks of cukes, eggplant, Bell peppers and squash. These extreme low temps should finish off the season.

Salinas and Watsonville are expecting a chance of rain Wednesday through Friday of next week, up to a total of 1.5 inches. Minimum temps remain in the low 40s for the next 10 days.

Florida is expecting perfect weather up and down the state for the next 10 days. Plant City has been cool this week with minimums in the mid-40s, but tomorrow the temps will begin to rise once again and by Sunday night the minimum temp will be 60. The rest of Florida has perfect growing conditions with maximum temps in the 80s and minimums in the 60s.

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)