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In Salinas: Summer as usual

As the majority of the crops come in, prices are tumbling. But some good news: veteran PCA Sharan Lanini says there still no major pest or disease problems. The biggest “pest” is once again transportation, as vegetable markets compete for trucks with valley fruit packers and shippers.

As with all of California, the weather played havoc with early season vegetable planting, but Lanini says, “Everyone is rocking and rolling right now.”

On the other side of the mountains in California’s Central Valley, rice and cotton producers are say this is almost a miracle year, with amazing crops at this stage of the season after such a lousy start.

Same thing in Salinas, says Lanini. “After the absolutely strange start we had, we’ve definitely caught up and are in our typical summer pattern.”

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