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9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
The pest situation for cole crops remains unchanged. Cabbage looper infestations are fairly common, as well as diamondback moth, imported cabbage worm. Read more on the pests and disease in cole crops from this Plant & Pest Advisory story.

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9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Each year bring its challenges for vegetable production and 2014 was no exception. Read an overview of the season for different vegetables from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
A pumpkin was recently seen where the fruit has bacterial leaf spot, which is a disease that causes lesions on both leaves and the fruit. Find out more on the disease from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Men take plenty of shopping trips but they are not as interested in purchasing healthy food items as women. Read more on the findings of a recent survey from this Packer article.

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9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Average supplies of green leaf, but very short on red leaf this week. Green and red leaf are expected to weight 22-23 lbs. per case and 9-11" in length. Iceberg Lettuce: Light supplies this week and projected for next. Quality is good and the volume of 30s higher than normal. Mildew and sclerotinia remain present (normal for this time of year) with some seeders. Otherwise, good green color and texture, medium to medium plus head size and weights of 38-44 lbs. Romaine: Supplies are steady for the next few weeks while demand is good industry wide. Continued weather related issues such as mildew, fringe/tip burn and irregular head sizing. Weights are 36-37 lbs. per case and each head 11-12" in length. Crews are being diligent to pack only the best heads. Romaine Hearts: Steady supplies continue this week with good demand. Overall quality is good with the exception of some weather related issues such as occasionally misshapen heads, light mildew and some fringe burn; expected to continue for the next few weeks. Crews are being diligent to minimize what is packed.

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9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Lighter supplies this week and slightly below demand. A small amount of pin rot and hollow core is still seen in production. The overall quality that is being packed shows a small to medium bead size, good green color and good texture. Lighter supplies are still projected industry wide in Salinas and Santa Maria due to these quality issues. Crews are being diligent to minimize what is packed. A slight increase in production is anticipated within the next two weeks. Cauliflower: Supplies slightly above demand this week. Quality is fairly good; medium size, off-white in color, light green jacket leaves and weights of 26-28 lbs. Majority of 12s are available each day; 16s and 9s are limited.

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9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Cantaloupes and Honeydews: Production is on the decline as we near the end of the harvest in the Westside district of the California San Joaquin Valley. The transition southward to the Imperial Valley of California and Western Arizona will be underway in October. Watermelons: Production is winding down in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Steady availability in Texas, Oklahoma and California.

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9/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
If you are a sugar beet grower (tough year, eh?) and your consultant still has a working 4 foot soil sampler, by all means have them use it. Read more on this advice from this Crop & Pest Report article.

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9/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Bagrada bugs, which were first confirmed in California six years ago, have been steadily expanding their range to the east and north. Read more on the pests from this Grower article.

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9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Very light supplies on green leaf. There is an average amount of red leaf. Green leaf quality is good at 22-24 lbs. Red leaf quality is good weighing 20-22 lbs. Iceberg Lettuce: Most shippers have light supplies this week. Production is below average this week due to poor yields. The higher than normal humidity and temps have increased bug pressure, mildew, seeders in some areas (a growth occurring in the center of the lettuce head, often making the product un-fit for shipping) and rib blight (discoloration along the rib). Quality is fairly good, pale color, medium size, slightly misshapen heads and 41-43 lb. carton weights. Sclerotinia and mildew issues which are normal for this time of year. Some lots are showing seeders 30s and some jumbo size 24s are available. Romaine: Supplies are steady and slightly above demand this week. Quality is good with minimal fringe burn. Each case is 37/38 lbs. with 12" long heads. Romaine Hearts: Average supplies this week. Demand is average. Overall quality is good with the exception of misshapen or slightly twisted heads with occasional tip/fringe burn. Crews are being diligent to minimize what is packed. This problem is expected to continue for the next few weeks.

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