At the same time, he said, crews are cutting less each day because of the lull in Midwestern and eastern markets.
Based on the warmer temperatures that California’s Central Valley also has been experiencing, Adamek said he expected to transition from the desert to those fields about mid-March — a week earlier than normal. T&A has lettuce fields near Panoche Hills and Harris Ranch.
The start date could change if cooler weather moves in.
“The spring start up in the Central Valley is generally the toughest one to call long range because these fields have had the most weather, since they’ve been in the ground the longest,” Adamek said.
Looking ahead, Colace said the warm desert temperatures have helped the operation’s melons and sweet corn get off to a strong start with good stand establishment.
“As of today, we’re running ahead of schedule both in our melons and our corn,” Colace said Feb. 11. “We’re very pleased with the stands and the quality of the plants. They’re looking excellent.”