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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Sugarbeet replanting decisions are always difficult due to multiple factors ranging from population, plant health and timing of replants. Read more on making the decision to replant from this MSU Extension News article.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Steady volume for the next few weeks. Red and green leaf should be 25- 26 lbs. per case and 9-11" in length. Ideal weather in Salinas Valley. Quality is very nice. Iceberg Lettuce: Quality is fair with weights ranging from 38-46 lbs, depending on block and variety. Color is paler due to outer leaves of heads being peeled off for occasional mildew. Romaine: Supplies and quality are both very good with ideal growing conditions. Demand is good. Color is dark green, lengths 11-12 inches and weighs are 35-37 lbs. Romaine Hearts: Steady supplies with ideal growing conditions resulting in excellent product. Color is light green with good cupping and uniform size.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
For the first time in its 31-year history, the Fresh Trends consumer survey included an ethnicity factor, providing crucial demographic data that can help retailers tailor assortments in individual stores and wholesalers better target their sales efforts by region. Read more on the survey results from this Packer article.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Zucchini & Yellow: Generally steady availability in the East and West. Quantity is on the decline for late season product in Nogales. Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti (loading in L.A. & Nogales): Nearing the end of the season in Nogales; as temperatures rise in Mexico, the deal will wind down.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Supplies are approximately 15-20% below average. This industry trend should continue for the next few weeks for broccoli shippers in Salinas and Santa Maria; most likely a larger gap potential in the coming weeks. Markets are expected to remain active through month end. Quality remains consistent for this time of year; occasional branchy appearance but overall good quality with even bead, dome shape and solid green color. Cauliflower: Overall supplies are expected to decrease toward the end of April. Currently, quality is fairly good, medioum heads, off white in color and slight soft green jacket. Very high prices continue.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Cantaloupes and Honeydews: As volume begins to wind down in Central America, the current downtrend in prices will stabilize for both cantaloupes and honeydews. Late season cantaloupe fields have been affected by whitefly, causing the size profile to decline from large sizes (9's) to medi- um sizes (12's). This trend will continue through next week. Honeydew production volume is decreasing; the size profile continues to be toward large sizes. Cantaloupes and honeydews are in plentiful supply in Nogales. Watermelons: Plentiful availability for the spring harvest in Northern Mexico. Prices are steady at favorable levels.

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4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Management of nitrogen is one of the most important management practices in sugarbeet production. Read about nitrogen recommendations from this MSU Extension News article.

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4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores and to pay higher prices for those items. Read more on expected increases from this ASU news release.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Ocean Mist Farms has added baby broccoli to its vegetable lineup. Castroville, California-based Ocean Mist began shipping baby broccoli the week of April 21, according to a company news release. Read more on the addition from this Packer article.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Just when it looked like South Carolina's watermelon crop was off to a nice start, a cold snap last week chilled the outlook. Read more on the outlook from this Grower article.

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