Salinas vegetables feel the heat

05/19/2014 06:23:00 PM
Mike Hornick

“It’s like growing in a hot house,” McBride said. “Rapid growth, but the plant doesn’t grow strong, resilient tissue.”

“With lettuce you can get some dehydration and lose weight,” Lathos said. “If you’re growing for pounds, your pounds per acre may go down. Then you’ve got to reach and get some more acreage to cover that.”

“Dumping a head in a furrow instead of a box could be a direct result of the cosmetic damage caused by the temperatures,” Lathos said.

“You can’t clean up all this stuff, but a lot of it is still harvestable,” Dill said. “There’s a bit of burn showing up in spinach and cilantro. It doesn’t look like there was a catastrophic loss of any product. It did take the overall quality picture down a notch because our yields are starting to drop.”


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