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February 8th, 2024

Muddy Conditions Put Harvest on Pause

Row crop harvest delayed by mud. Valentine's Day strawberries are extremely limited due to weather.

Muddy Conditions Put Harvest on Pause

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While the record-breaking, torrential rain in California seems to be taking a break, its effects are still being felt by farmers. Muddy fields have delayed harvest for many growers. 

An historic atmospheric river storm dumped nearly six months worth of rain in 8 days over Southern California alone. The weather also affected Mexico and is now making its way to the Yuma growing region.

Crops such as strawberries are particularly hard hit with extreme demand exceeding supply with the increased Valentine's Day demand. Shipments out of Mexico were also slowed due to Mexican Constitution Day.