YUMA, Ariz. (January 14, 2013)--Prices for winter lettuce grown in southwestern Arizona are already rising because of damage caused by freezing weather, Ken Nolte, a Yuma-based agricultural agent for the University of Arizona, said Monday.
The Yuma area provides much of the nation's leafy greens during the winter and farmers are reporting damage to many Romaine and Iceberg lettuce crops.
Nolte said the recent cold temperature is freezing the heads of the lettuce and affecting the quality and yield.
Nolte says the price for a carton of lettuce in Yuma two weeks ago was $7 to $8.
As of Monday, Nolte said it costs around $20 per carton.
He said it's virtually impossible for farmers to protect their lettuce crops with 80,000 acres to cover in Yuma County.