Above Average Rain This Year Causes Slight Shortage of Leafy Greens
The heavy rains this year have cause problems for farmers that grow leafy greens such as lettuce and kale. According to KSBW 8,
Bay Area shoppers can expect romaine, iceberg and red leaf lettuces to remain in limited supply — and thus be subject to price fluctuations — across the board for the next month [or] so, with improvement by the end of May.
The rain caused some flooding in some farmer and damaged some equipment that delayed spring planting. The Department of Food and Agriculture reported in 2015 that lettuce was a $2.26 billion industry in California, which makes it one of the more valuable crops in California behind almonds and grapes. The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center reported in 2013 that California produced 71 percent of America’s lettuce, which further cements the importance of leafy greens to California’s economy. The heavy rain also brought with it diseases such as downy mildew and bacterial leaf spot, which is causing more issues for farmers trying to yield as many crops as they can.
Luckily, the slightly above-average prices for leafy greens are only temporary until more plants are able to be grown and warmer weather arrives.
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