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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Supplies will be extremely light on green leaf this week; struggle to cover commitments all week. The red leaf supplies are good; full coverage. Quality remains good on both mixes, but sizing is a bit smaller than normal on green leaf. Green will be 18-20 lbs. per case with heads at only 8-9" long. Red leaf is 24-25 lbs. per case with 10-11" long heads. Iceberg Lettuce: Light supplies available on Andy Boy lettuce this week and heavy to 30's. Quality is good although insects are more prevalent for this time or year. Expect prices to be steady. Romaine: Supplies will be close to average this week and next. There has been some light but occasional fringe burn on some heads of romaine this week. The carton will be 36-37 lbs. Each head is expected to be 10-11" long. Romaine Hearts: Overall supplies will be close to average. Demand is good. Quality continues to be good. We are seeing cupping, and a good ratio of green to bleached coloring. Due to the dry conditions throughout the Valley, there is bug pressure in the fields along with a bit of fringe burn. Everything possible is being done to minimize the issues.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Round, Roma, Plum, and Grape: Rounds, romas, cherry and grape tomatoes have great quality and good volume.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Grapefruit: Good supplies on Rio Grapefruit in California. Values are on smaller sizes. Navel Oranges: Late navel quality is declining but will have availability in to June. Import navels are starting in June. Valencia Oranges: Better availability on smaller sizes although not reflected by reduction in pricing.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Crop insurance products were improved in the recent farm bill because Congress recognized that these products are a necessity for farmers, regardless of size. Read Sledge Taylor's commentary on why these products are necessary for cotton producers from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Stem canker is part of a somewhat mysterious fungal disease complex on the rise called Diaporthe, which can also produce another soybean disease called pod and stem blight. Read more on the fungal disease from this AgFax.com story.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
Cotton is up now and it is time to start scouting for thrips. There are already some present in fields causing damage to 1 and 2 leaf cotton. Read more on thrips damage from this AgFax.com story.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
The main problem in managing Palmer in the near future is that the 10 day forecast calls for a lot of rain. It may be 2 weeks before we can get to some fields to spray. Palmer amaranth will likely be very large by then in fields where PREs were not activated. So read more on its management from this UTcrops News blog.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
As expected carryover injury from fomesafen (Flexstar, Prefix, Reflex, Intimidator, Marvel, Dawn, Rhythm, etc.) is starting to show in some fields. The reason it is showing now is due to all the rain allowing any herbicide carryover to more completely get into the soil solution. Read more on the carryover injury from this UTcrops News blog.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
No fungicides are recommended at this time. Check out DSV accumulations from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
During the 2014 season, two diseases appeared to be quite widespread across the midwest on soybean. These disease were stem canker and also pod and stem blight. In an effort to provide background and management information about these diseases, two fact sheets were recently developed by extension specialists in the North Central region.

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