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USDA cites Ohio business for $800K PACA violations
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Index Fresh hires seasoned sales representative Susie Rea
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Record California walnut crop expected
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Current temps in the Coachella Valley are nice with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the upper 40s. Come next Monday and Tuesday temps will cool off as max temps will only reach the low 60s and min temps will dip into the mid-30s. These temps will probably not have any effect on the broccoli and lettuce coming from the region but could slow down the production of colored Bell peppers.weat

Potential rain coming to coastal California
Strawberry-growing regions of Santa Maria and Oxnard are currently experiencing beautiful growing conditions with max temps in the upper 60s and min temps in the low 50s. These temps will continue through all of next week. Come next Saturday, Dec. 21, there is a decent chance of rain.

Cooler temps coming to northern half of Florida next week
Weather was perfect this week in the strawberry-growing regions of Florida, with max temps around the 80-degree mark and min temps in the upper 60s. This stable weather will continue through next Tuesday until a storm comes through bringing rain and cooler temps. Expect up to 0.25 inches of rain with max temps in the 60s and min temps in the 40s. There is an additional chance of rain for Saturday, Dec. 21.

Central Mexico berry regions experiencing perfect weather
The berry regions in the states of Michoacan, Jalisco and Irapuato are all experiencing typical weather for this time of year. Max temps are hovering around 80s while the min temps are in the mid-40s. Last week Mexico shipped 80 loads of tomatoes and look for volume to pick up more steam into Christmas.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)

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