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Weather wreaks havoc on veg markets, slows Mexican production

While weather in California and Arizona is wreaking havoc on markets, production in Culiacan, Mexico, has slowed down, which could be a blessing in disguise.

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Production in Culiacan and the surround growing regions has slowed due to nightly lows in the low 50s. You should begin to see smaller inventories of tomatoes, Bell peppers, cucumbers and squash in Nogales and McAllen. This should help shippers stabilize pricing and clean up inventories. It has been a tough season so far for shippers out of this region.

In Sonora Ciudad Obregon and Guaymas are the next up to bat for Roma tomatoes. This area has also been experiencing cool nights with minimums in the mid- to upper 40s. This region, which typically begins harvesting around mid-March, might see start dates pushed back to the end of March or early April. Look for a possible gap of Romas over the next three to four weeks.

In Martinez de la Torre, the lime capital of the world, rain up to an inch is expected next Wednesday and Thursday, March 7-8. Keep an eye out for water spots on limes harvested after heavy rains.

California continues to be cold and rainy. Rain is forecasted for all major growing regions along the West Coast and San Joaquin Valley yesterday, today and tomorrow. Rain will let up later Saturday, and then another storm is predicted for next weekend. Minimum temps will continue in the upper 30s to low 40s through Monday night, March 5. Highs will continue in the 50s and 60s through next week at least.

Yuma, AZ, and California's Coachella Valley will see low temps in the 40s through next Monday.

Cooler air will settle in over Florida this weekend with lows in the 40s and 50s across the state. Possible chance of rain next Wednesday with cooler air behind it through Friday, March 9. Lows in the 40s throughout the state from Orlando south to Belle Glade; no serious issues. 

Perfect weather throughout Peru and Chile continues for all commodities.

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