Ash has been falling on crops in the Salinas area due to nearby wildfires. ( Courtesy of Markon )

In this special episode of Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, Mark Shaw, vice president of operations for Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative, provides an update on how wildfires in the area have been affecting the produce industry.

He also discusses how last weekend's extreme heat is expected to have not only short-term effects on quality but longer-term effects as well this season.

This interview was recorded the afternoon of Aug. 20. Read more of our reporting on this topic here.

You can listen to the conversation with Shaw on the player below or on listening platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Our previous episodes include interviews with USDA's Greg Ibach about the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Washington State University's Karen Lewis about robotic apple harvesting, and many others.