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8/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Colorado's spring and summer weather have brought a scare to most growers in the state and volume drops for some fruits and vegetables. Read more on weather delays and the impact on vegetable production from this Packer article.

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8/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
A new study shows adding fresh fruits and vegetables into Arkansas school meals not only lowers obesity rates but can also save hundreds of dollars per-child to prevent obesity. Read more on the produce program from this Packer story.

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7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM
Vegetable harvest is peaking on Delmarva. Unfortunately, we often see pollination problems in fruiting vegetables when weather conditions are unfavorable and 2015 is no exception. Read more on some of the pollination disorders being seen from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
One of the staples of Montana and North Dakota agriculture is the sugar beet. This year's crop, however, got off to a rocky start. First, the region had a dry planting season. Read more on the season from this KFYTV.com article.

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7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Retail fresh produce price inflation has slowed to a crawl in 2015. Retail fresh fruit prices are expected to witness little or no inflation this year, while the top end of retail fresh vegetable price inflation is just 1.5%. Read more on produce price inflation from this Packer article.

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7/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
Living produce is a growing niche within the lettuce and leaf category. While it's a niche product, it's readily available, said Renee Cooper, marketing manager with Carpinteria, California-based Hollandia Produce/Live Gourmet. Read more on the product from this Packer article.

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7/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
Having enjoyed strong markets for much of 2015, California leaf and head lettuce fell from their high horse in July. But the state's grower-shippers expect supply and demand to start matching up by early August, leading to a bump in prices. Read more on supply and demand from this Packer story.

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7/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee has been rechartered through 2017. Read more on the announcement from this Packer article.

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7/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Green & Red Leaf: There will be good supplies of mix leaf all week. Green leaf is weighing roughly 26---28 lbs. per case. Red leaf is around 24---26 lbs. per case. Quality is good overall on all the mix leaf packs. We are seeing light mildew. Iceberg Lettuce: High humidity and warm temperatures will probably have an effect on quality and supplies, it's a little too soon to know for sure but we will keep you updated. Romaine Hearts: Overall supplies will be normal this week. Crews are trimming the product the best they can so that we can minimize the fringe burn that gets into the final pack. There is a ¾ cupping of the heart. The heart still has a good ratio of bleach to green. Overall quality is good. Romaine: Supplies will be above average this week on romaine. Quality is average with minimal fringe burn showing as well as insect pressure. We expect to see quality worsen from the weather. Romaine bins have been affected even more, we are seeing some more issues with burn which is caused ultimately by heat. It has been warm this summer in both day and nighttime temps and the forecast is showing it to remain that way, it has also been very humid fat a faster rate and not developing the strength it would at other times of the year. Yesterday we had rain in the early AM followed by 80+ degree temps, today is even hotter in the mid to high 80's. It is expected that we will continue to see issues with burn.

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