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This Week at the Farm
Although Week 7 finally brought a reprieve in rainfall with only 54.3 mm (2.1 inches) and higher average temperatures, the consequences of Week 6’s horrendous conditions are evident. Average sugar content slightly declined, while the percentage of fruit with brix below 13.5 – 34 percent – increased. There was also higher than desirable variability in internal coloration (some fruit was found to be pale) and flavor and aroma levels. Weather definitely plays a determinant role in the quality of our fruit and the variability we see this week is a direct result of the conditions reported for Week 6. How do we plan to maintain a good balance between harvest age and the sugar content or translucency (maturity) of the fruit to be harvested during this challenging period? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
What we were reluctantly anticipating finally happened – Week 6 brought a very significant turn in weather patterns. How significant? For the past three reports we’ve had an average of about 40 mm (1.6 inches) of rainfall each week. Raining every single day, Week 6 brought a total of > 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall! And it wasn’t just the rain. Minimum and average temperatures each dropped by 2 degrees C, while strong winds and dense cloud coverage canvased the farms. This was definitely the strongest cold front of the year thus far. How will we evaluate NDF and what do we know so far as a result of the conditions? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
The name of the game this week is – patience. Here’s where much of CHF’s skill is put to the test down on the farm. With a significantly drier January than the previous two years, we’re experiencing some variability. We’re strategically balancing harvest age and fruit maturity with pre-harvest sampling that is valid and reliable in order to stay ahead of the curve caused by developing cold fronts. Just how much potential stress are we trying to mitigate by this challenging weather coming next week? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
Last week’s cold fronts continue to roll in from the north, and while favorable weather continues with an increase in warmer temperatures, we are concerned about possible stress to plants brought on by last week’s slight drop. However, we suspect that because of the continued minimum precipitation we should expect less incidence of NDF than assumed from the temperatures alone. We will just have to wait and see what Week 5’s reports will show. In the meantime, fruit quality continues at Perfect Pineapple levels! How does this affect volumes moving forward? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
We’re still continuing to enjoy unusually mild conditions for this time of year. As Week 3 rolled in, so too did a weak cold front bringing with it increased precipitation, totaling 1.7 inches (42.8 mm) of rainfall. We did, however, experience a few days of minimum temperatures below 20 Celsius (68 F). Although some concern with increased wind velocity, the threat for NDF seems to be short-lived as weather authorities in Costa Rica are forecasting an improvement in conditions for next week. How will this all affect volumes and fruit quality? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
Weather experts seem to prove correct this time around. Last week’s anticipated change in conditions regrettably arrived. However, we are happy to report it was very slight with a few nights dropping below 20 C (68 F) minimum temperatures.
Field surveys indicate that there was some mild stress to plants, causing natural flowering. Yet, surveys to be performed in five weeks will give us a better indication of any degree of severity for future yields. Fruit quality on the other hand continues at an excellent level!
Exactly what factors influenced natural flowering this week? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
The first week of the New Year brought excellent weather to the farms, continuing with dry, favorable conditions. A very slight reduction in air temperature was reported, but rainfall continued with an overall estimate of less than one half inch of precipitation.
And while volumes are steady and quality remains excellent (superb flavor and sweetness levels!), weather “experts” are predicting a change in our region’s climate due to the El Niño. We are vigilant to adjust our programs if needed, but in the meantime we continue with timely husbandry practices and supplying our customer base with a consistent product.
What exactly are weather experts saying will happen and how might this affect NDF? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
Happy New Year to all! While each of us was off preparing things to modify in the coming year, it seems Mother Nature was too. Making a dramatic alteration from the past few months, the weather took a sudden turn with torrential rains that accumulated 312 mm (12,3 inches) of rainfall! Talk about extreme “changes” in 2016.
The silver lining? Moderately high nighttime temperatures mitigated the negative impact of the abrupt shift in precipitation. Had the rainfall been paired with low temperatures, we would have surely seen a serious NDF event. Phew!
Yet, because we are experiencing rather unseasonal conditions, we will need to review production predictions for the coming weeks. What other predictions can we make? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
This holiday season really is the gift that just keeps on giving! With a continuation of un-seasonally dry days and moderate temperature, the weather conditions have proven to be truly perfect for The Perfect Pineapple production! We are balancing lowering harvest age for the current conditions while also standing alert to a change in conditions that would drive us to increase age.
In even more good news, fewer cold fronts are predicted into the New Year. Costa Rican weather experts are anticipating the absence of more commonly seen cold fronts for this time in the region. Why are all these changes happening and what does it mean for NDF rates? Click here to receive this week’s full industry report and find out!
Santa came early this year! Excellent weather conditions continue to prevail as 52,5 mm (2 inches) of rainfall was well distributed throughout Week 50. With no signs of natural flowering seen so far, 22 percent of our fruit was harvested at 19 WAF and the balance was between 20 and 21 WAF.
On the quality front, levels are all at a Perfect Pineapple standard. We end the year with all agricltural practices up to date as well, thanks to the unusually low to moderate precipitation and very favorable air and soil temperatures this month. Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Click here to receive this week’s full industry report.