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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Supplies will be above normal on green leaf, but less than normal on red leaf. Quality continues to be very strong on all the mix leaf. Green and red leaf will be 23-24lbs with each head at 10-11" long. Iceberg Lettuce: Light supplies continue this week though increasing industry wide. Quality is good, with a more than average amount of 30's. Weights are 41-43 lbs. Mildew and thrip damage are starting to appear in some blocks, forcing crews to peel back leafs; making lettuce lighter in color. Heads are medium, occasionally misshapen, good texture and slightly ribby. Romaine: Supplies will be somewhat below normal this week. Quality remains very strong with 37-38 lbs. per case and each head 11- 12" long. Romaine Hearts: Average supplies this week. Harvesting slightly more green and leafy than nor- mal; harvesting somewhat younger to avoid internal burn that is normal for this time of year. Weights are maintaining (24-27 oz. /3 count bag). Lengths are 10 -12" with light cupping and good coloring

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Supplies this week on broccoli will be slightly below average. Quality is very nice. The market is expected to be a bit more active this week since there are lighter supplies, projected for this week and next, with several shippers in Salinas and Santa Maria. Cauliflower: Average supplies this week though heavy volume industry wide. Quality remains very strong with medium plus white curds, strong jacket leaves and a tight pack weighing 28-32 lbs.

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7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Check out photos and information on the vegetable diseases of the week in this Plant & Pest Advisory article. Featured diseases are southern blight on tomatoes and white mold in cabbage.

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7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Basil downy mildew remains active in New Jersey. All basil growers should scout on a daily basis and taking appropriate preventative measures.

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7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
With summer harvest in full swing and farmers markets brimming with the usual variety of produce, the effects of the drought may not be immediately apparent to shoppers--but farmers who work those markets tell a different story. Read more on the effects of drought on the marketers from this AgAlert article.

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7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
A strong market for California lettuce loosened its grip on buyers a bit in mid-July, but there was no mercy in pricing on romaine hearts. Read more on the lettuce markets from this Packer story.

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7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more regional crop reports from this full report at the link below.

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7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Ready Pac Foods has introduced Baby Kale European Salad. The blend is available at Albertsons. Read more on the salad from this Packer article.

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7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM
Continue to sample for mites since early detection is necessary to achieve effective control. We are starting to see an increase in stinkbug and plant bug populations. As soon as pin pods are present, be sure to watch carefully for plant bug and stinkbug adults and nymphs. As a general guideline, treatment should be considered if you find 15 adults and/or nymphs per 50 sweeps.

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7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM
Work is beginning this summer to establish a regional laboratory at Montana State University for diagnosing insects, diseases and weeds in pulse crops. Read more on the lab from this Ag Professional story.

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