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8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Average supplies on all the mix leaf. Quality is very good with green and red leaf. Cartons are 22-24 lbs. while each head is 9-11" long. Iceberg Lettuce: Steady supplies for the next few weeks. Demand is fairly strong. Quality is good (aside from sclerotinia and mildew issues which are normal for this time of year), with a higher than average amount of 30's. Weights are 41-43 lbs. Romaine: Good supplies and steady demand. Due to weather, 1-2 inch seeder in many heads is being seen. Otherwise, good dark green color, each head is 10-12" in length and weights are 34-35 lbs. Romaine Hearts: Good supplies with strong demand. Fringe burn continues to be an issue in the fields. Crews are being diligent to what is harvested and put into the final product. Expect issue to continue for another few weeks. Otherwise, quality is steady with light green color and a nice amount of cupping.

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8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Improvements in sugarbeet production include improved genetics, fine-tuned fertilizer applications, reduced tillage and disease management. Read more on these improvements from this MSU Extension article.

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8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Industry supplies are lighter than expected along with other growing regions stating limited supplies. Consistent demand should remain for the next several weeks. Overall appearance of supplies are showing a good green color, small to medium bead size and nice uniform dome shape. However, issues have been challenging as in hollow stem, brown bead and insects. Crews are being diligent to what is harvested and put into the final product. Cauliflower: Good supplies available this week. Quality remains fairly good; off white curds, well -trimmed jacket leaves and tight pack with weights of 28-30 lbs.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service. Read more on rainfall events and regional crop reports from this AgriLife Today article.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
In fields of Brussels sprouts along the Central Coast, farmers have begun hand-harvesting the early crop, while preparing for the peak of the harvest in the fall. Growers say demand for the early-season crop has improved in the last few years, as more people incorporate Brussels sprouts into their diets year-round. At the height of harvest, farmers use machines to harvest the sprouts. Demand typically rises after Labor Day and peaks during the holiday season.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Six grower-shippers - 4Earth Farms, Classic Salads, Mann Packing Co., Ocean Mist Farms, Southern Specialties and WP Rawl - have become marketing partners for Kalettes, Tozer Seeds' kale and brussels sprouts hybrid. Read more on the partnership from this Packer article.

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8/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Knight Management Inc., a south Florida grower-shipper of sweet corn and green beans, plans to sell its operations to a sugar processing company. Read more on the sale from this Grower article.

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8/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Melon growers in California report outstanding quality but surprisingly tepid demand for some varieties. Read more on the markets and demand from this Grower article.

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8/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Kale, which is still growing in popularity in both the retail and foodservice markets, now has its own day. The second annual National Kale Day will be Oct. 1. Read more on the day from this Packer story.

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8/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
Dynamic is the first in a line of new non-slip western shipper cantaloupe varieties from Syngenta Vegetable Seeds bred with both the retailer and consumer in mind. Read more on the new cantaloupe variety from this Packer article.

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