The Salinas Valley lettuce markets are hitting record highs as demand far exceeds supply levels.
The Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) has been extremely aggressive in large swaths of the Salinas Valley for over three months, and diseases such as Sclerotinia, Fusarium Wilt, and others have also caused die-off in many crops.
Suppliers are running out of fields to harvest and expect the season to end early. The aerial footage in this video from Markon Cooperative shows just a tiny amount of the kind of widespread crop loss currently being recorded. Expect elevated markets and tight supplies for lettuce items until the desert season is in full swing in approximately mid-to-late November.