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Freezing temperatures tonight and tomorrow in southern Georgia and northern Florida growing regions should pretty much bring an end to any production still coming from these areas. Expect the min temps in the region to be around 32 tonight and 34 on Wednesday night. Minimum temps on Thursday will rise back into the 40s where they will remain through next Tuesday, but by then the damage will be done.weat

Green beans, corn, cukes, Bell peppers, eggplant, squash and tomatoes are still being harvested in the areas.

It has been a good run for Georgia growers with production numbers higher year over year on green beans (50 percent higher this year), Bell peppers and squash. Eggplant, cukes and corn have about the same production numbers as last year. We now turn our attention to southern Florida and Mexico as their seasons come online for these commodities.

NORTHEASTERN MEXICO TOMATO GROWING REGIONS WILL ALSO SEE COLD TEMPS
The northeastern high plateau region of Mexico will also see cold temps tonight and Wednesday with a chance of rain, which will negatively impact remaining crops. This region of Mexico, which includes production areas of La Laguna Torreon, Durango and San Luis Potosi will all see min temps in the lower 40s tonight and tomorrow with a 50 percent chance of rain today.

These locations are pretty much done shipping for the season with only a handful of growers still sending small quantities of tomatoes to McAllen, TX, but this cold weather should slow them down even further.

HURRICANE CENTRAL
With fewer than 20 days left to go in the 2019 hurricane season there are no potential storms on the horizon in the Atlantic Ocean or Pacific.

This year the Atlantic saw a small uptick in tropical storms compared to 2018, but fewer actual hurricanes. So far this season there have been 17 tropical storms with six becoming hurricanes. Last year had only 15 total storms but eight formed into hurricanes.

The Pacific Ocean was much calmer than 2018. This year saw 18 tropical storms with eight of them turning into hurricanes. In 2018 there were 23 total tropical storms with 13 hurricanes.

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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