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Oppy bringing Haskap berries to retailers
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Salinas grower-shipper announces acquisition
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Florida is right in the middle of a week-long heat wave that started last Friday and will continue through this Saturday. Max temps up and down the state are in the mid-80s with min temps in the mid-60s. Hopefully these warmer temps will help bring on production of all items, which have been unusually light the last several weeks.weat

Come next Monday, Jan. 20 the party will end as a cold front will hit the state. Expect max temps in the strawberry-growing region of Plant City to stay in the mid-60s on Monday and only reach 62 by Wednesday. The nights will also be chilly in the lower to mid-40s.

Belle Glade will also cool off with max temps into the upper 60s by next Wednesday with a min temp of 52. Look for supplies to once again lighten later next week.

Rain coming to California
Look for rain and cooler temps this Thursday throughout California. The central coastal regions of Santa Maria and Oxnard, which are shipping strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower and celery, can expect to receive 0.5 inches of rain. Southern California regions of Irvine and San Diego will only see 0.25 inches. Temps will be cool on Thursday and Friday with max temps only in the 50s throughout these regions and min temps will range from the mid-40s down to the upper 30s in Santa Maria. Look for a disruption in supplies on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Rain and cooler temps coming to Lime region of Mexico
Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz will experience cooler temps and four continuous days of rain starting this Saturday. Max temps, which are currently in the 80s, will drop into the 70s on Sunday and will reach a low of 66 on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The min temp that night will be 57.

Expect up to 0.5 inches of rain daily from Saturday, Jan. 18 through following Tuesday. With the rain and cooler temps plan for a possible reduction in supplies next week.

Culiacan to finally see warmer temps
The shade house capital of Mexico, Culiacan Sinaloa, has experienced cool temps the last week or so with min temps in the upper 40s and max temps in the low 80s. These temps are unusually cool for this part of the world.

Starting today max temps will finally get into the 90s while low temps will get close to 60. Temps will continue to rise through the week reaching a minimum temp peak of 64 on Thursday before cooling off slightly for the weekend and next week. Hopefully these warmer temps will help with production numbers on all items. Look for temps to cool as we head into next week, only reaching into the mid-80s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Grape regions of Chile remain warm
The regions of Rancagua, Santiago and San Felipe are all experiencing temperatures well above normal right now. Max temps for the region have been in the mid-90s with min temps in the mid-60s for the last 10 days and will continue through next Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The high point of this heat wave will be this Friday and Saturday before cooling off a few degrees for the weekend. Temperatures will be back into the 80s by next Wednesday. These temps are 10 degrees above average. Look for strong numbers as the season gets under way.

The Weathermelon app 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)

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