“The weather has adversely affected pretty much all of the areas,” he said.
The effects have varied, depending on the crop. In many of the leafy green crops, for example, freezes can cause epidural peeling, blistering, tip burn and stunted plant growth.
Widerburg said he expected the weather-related inconsistent supplies to continue through March and begin to smooth out in April.
Elena Hernandez, marketing coordinator for Mann Packing Co., Salinas, agreed.
“It’s been a tough season,” she said. “Right now we’re transitioning down in the desert, and there has been a lot of frost and cold temperatures. But we’re faring fairly well.”
During a typical year, temperatures improve in March and April as the company moves to the Salinas production area.
“We can get some really beautiful days and some really cold days,” she said. “It really depends on how spring is going to treat us.”