California strawberries are still very limited and, with moderate to heavy rains forecast for this week, many shippers are not able to harvest and may not be able to pack for several days after the rains. With California tapped, it will move demand to the Mexican and Florida areas that have recently begun their production. Rain will definitely impact the quality of the California berries and this storm should finish the Salinas/Watsonville area for the season. Santa Maria, California, is forecast for Wednesday afternoon showers, Thursday and Friday mostly cloudy skies, Saturday clouds with rain possible, and Sunday chance of morning showers turning partly cloudy. Highs are forecast in the 60s and lows in 50s, decreasing to the 40s for the weekend. Oxnard, California, is forecast for rain on Wednesday, Thursday to Saturday mostly cloudy, and Sunday mostly sunny. Highs are forecast in the 60s and lows in the 50s, decreasing to the 40s for the weekend. Santa Maria, California, fruit is showing occasional bruising, water damage, white shoulder and under color, misshapen and occasional overripe, and pin rot. Average count is 26 to 30, occasionally higher and lower. Oxnard, California, fruit has occasional white shoulder, misshapen, windburn, soft shoulder and bruising. Average counts are 22 to 24, occasionally higher and lower. Florida fruit is misshapen and small.
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