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  • The Source - September 29, 2014
    The exiting cold front out west will move east today as high pressure builds with drastically warmer temperature by mid-week. Inland regions will approach triple digits with coastal areas in the Upper 80s to low 90s as we continue the rollercoaster pattern between high and low pressure systems.
  • The Source - September 24, 2014
    An approaching cold front from the Northern Pacific Ocean brings cooler temperatures and a chance of rain to the Central Coast on Thursday. The bulk of this energy will remain north of the Salinas Valley with this first winter type system of the year. Temperatures cool through the week (5-10 degrees below norms) with low 80s expected in the warmer regions as the coastal regions moderate to the mid-60s into the weekend. A warming trend follows early next week as we continue the rollercoaster pattern between high and low pressure systems.
  • The Source - September 22, 2014
    High pressure early this week out west brings warmer temps through mid-week as an approaching cold front brings cooler temperatures and a chance of rain to the Central Coast on Thursday. The bulk of this energy will remain north of the Salinas Valley with this first winter type system of the year. A warming trend follows as we continue the rollercoaster pattern between high and low pressure systems moving into the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Outlook - September 19, 2014
    As Mexico and Baja deal with the impacts of Hurricane Odile and Norbert the week before there is some positive new in the weather outlook. Latest guidance indicates current tropical storm Polo will take a track further South and West which would spare the Baja region from the brunt of this storm. This is welcome relief for Western Mexico and Baja having been pounded the past couple of weeks.
  • The Source - September 17, 2014
    Warm temperatures will continue for another day in California under high pressure following numerous record highs early this week. A well organized (winter type) low pressure trough brings cooler temperatures and a slight chance of rain to the central coast Thursday. A 10% chance of showers is forecast for the Central Coast as this low sweeps in late Wednesday into Thursday. High pressure returns with above average temperatures expected into next week. We will continue to monitor Odile (updating today) and tropical storm Polo, now slowly moving up the Mexican coast towards the Baja Peninsula.
  • The Outlook - September 17, 2014
    Hurricane Odile now a tropical storm moving into Arizona has taken a track further to the NE, with heaviest rainfall now expected along the Arizona New Mexico border. This powerful hurricane came right up the spine of Baja (over land) which helped dissipate energy resulting in lesser impact as it reaches the U.S. This track however did not favor Baja which took the brunt of the impact. This system also incorporated energy from a tropical depression out in the Pacific Ocean increasing moisture associated with this storm. Heaviest rainfall and strongest winds ran up the Western coast of Mexico and of course Baja. Latest guidance indicates a track further North and East which would spare the Southwestern desert region (Yuma, El Centro, Imperial) from the brunt of this storm, however with the amount of moisture stronger storms (heavy rainfall) may develop in this region.
  • The Source - September 15, 2014
    High pressure out west brings above average temperatures to Central California through mid-week. Slight cooling trend begins Thursday with the arrival of low pressure trough from the North Pacific. Of course all eyes are on Hurricane Odile slowly moving up the Baja coast as a Category 3 Hurricane. This is on the heels of Hurricane Norbert which impacted the region last week. Long range forecasts show another disturbance developing in the South pacific with forecasters giving it a 70% chance of becoming a Hurricane.
  • The Outlook - September 15, 2014
    The very active tropical storm season in the Eastern Pacific continues with the latest arrival Hurricane Odile. This very strong system (between category 3 and 4) will slowly move up the Baja Peninsula this week, gradually loosing strength as it moves into cooler waters to the north. On its way it will bring powerful winds and life threatening rains to western Mexico and especially the Baja region. Heaviest rains and strongest winds are expected today into early Wednesday.
  • The Source - September 10, 2014
    High pressure builds over Central California warming through the weekend. A shallow marine layer should remain in place along the coast. Temperatures will be above seasonal norms with upper 70s near the coast and upper 90s to possible triple digits in the interior valleys. Of major concern at the moment is another tropical depression off Mexico in the Southern Pacific Ocean which must be monitored over the next few days.
  • The Source - September 8, 2014
    The low pressure system off Central California moves east today as high pressure returns with gradual warming into the weekend. The marine layer should remain in place along the coast. Temperatures will remain near seasonal norms through the week with upper 60s near the coast and low 90s in the interior valleys. Tropical storm Norbert continues to weaken off the Baja coast with plenty of entrained as it dissipates over the next few days. Guidance suggests enhanced moisture and possible localized flooding in Baja and the Southwest US into mid-week.
  • The Outlook - September 8, 2014
    Tropical storm Norbert continues to spin of the Baja coast bringing heavy precipitation to the Southwestern U.S., Northern Mexico and Baja. Flooding rains have been reported in Baja Southern California and Arizona over the weekend. The threat of more precipitation will continue into Wednesday as the remnants of this storm dissipate and move eastward. Grower field assessments will be ongoing this week as rains continue.
  • The Outlook - September 3, 2014
    As we approach fall harvests in Central California growers hope for an improved weather pattern to increase supply and quality. The summer weather pattern of generally warm and humid overnight temperatures and a dense marine layer (low clouds and fog) has taken its toll on current supplies. This weather pattern has caused lesser yields along with some mildew, seeder, fringe and tip burn issues in lettuce and leaf stands. The inconsistent temperatures and moisture has also contributed to some russet spotting, oxidation (pink rib) and reduced shelf life. With Iceberg yields and carton weights on the light side this summer processors are on the hunt for product to fill their needs further limiting supplies. The combination of lesser yields, processor demand and ad commitments will keep supplies on the light side for the near term.