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10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Calling the industry to counter child obesity trends and help their business by participating in the Eat Brighter! initiative, Bryan Silbermann and Cathy Burns teamed up to give the 2014 State of the Industry address at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit. Read more on the address from this Packer article.

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10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
California broccoli supplies should tighten heading into the holiday season. Read more on broccoli and cauliflower markets from this Packer article.

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10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Continued tight availability and high prices in California. The harvest transition from the San Joaquin Valley to Coachella is underway. Beans from Mexico in Nogales will be available by mid-November. Availability in the East is better by comparison than Virginia and Georgia. Rain-caused supply gaps are anticipated for Eastern growers periodically through November.

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10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Quality is improving, and current supplies are lighter than demand. Some issues of pint rot, hollow core and enlarged stalk size are being seen at the field level however, broccoli is exhibiting a good green color, uniform head shape and small to medium bead size. It is possible for a small gap in production before transitioning to the southern region unless much cooler weather causes production to slow. Cauliflower: Shipments continue to be strong. The forecasted volume this week is average. Prices are on the rise as supplies increased along with lighter production; high temps have slowed down harvest crews. Quality is very nice; white curds, medium plus size and good green jacket leaves.

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10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
The English cucumber supply has been severely affected by the dark days of the last two weeks. The average weekly light levels of 12,000+ lumins that have enjoyed in the preceding weeks dropped to 6,000 in week 40. The surplus in the system allowed growers to fill orders into week 41. However, continued low light levels compounded by growers that have pulled to replant for lighted winter crops are severally affecting the supply. Added to this frustration is a postponed start to the Mexican winter crop; expected to begin in week 45. In review, low production is expected for another three weeks. Canada is the only region in production. No lighted crops are in production yet, so all are relying on sunlight. Today, pricing is being posted that is double from two weeks ago, and frankly there is none being sold outside of established program business. Everything is being done to share the small production and your understanding is appreciated. Ways to mitigate such environmental issues are being looked at, and growing partners are already working on a plan to avoid such gaps in cukes in the future.

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10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Fruits and vegetables have long been linked to physical health. A new study by a team of English researchers suggests they also promote mental health. Read more on the research findings from this Packer article.

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10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
Depending on crop tolerance, a killing frost can result from canopy temperatures dropping 2-5 degrees below freezing for 5-10 minutes, or from a sustained temperature 31.5-32 degrees Fahrenheit lasting 3-5 hours. Read more on freeze damage in vegetables from this MSU Extension article.

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10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
The cool, wet weather that seemed impossible to shake during the 2014 summer created ideal conditions for the development of white mold, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, in susceptible crops such as soybeans, dry edible beans and potatoes.

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10/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has updated its website to provide easier access to news, information, and resources on leafy greens food safety and the program created in 2007. Read more on the updates from this Western Farm Press article.

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10/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Butterkin, a new winter squash variety, is now shipping. Butterkins began shipping in September and should be available in parts of the U.S. and Canada through November. Read more on the variety from this Packer article.

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