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This Week at the Farm
· Week 31 at the farms brought a welcomed respite in our weather:
· Only 85.6 mm (3.3 inches) of rainfall were recorded.
· A few days of sunshine is allowing us to catch up in soil preparation and new plantings.
· Harvest age again was reduced with 58% harvested at 21 WAF; 20% at 20 WAF and only 20% harvested at 22 WAF.
· Internal quality has been impacted by climatic conditions and age at harvest reduction.
· We expect that the anticipated improvement in climatic conditions will allow us to pack our usual quality fruit.
· Volumes arriving in the marketplace are on the decline.
· A second consecutive week of excessive precipitation
· 314.3 mm (12.4 inches) of rainfall reported
· Farms aggressively pursue age reduction at harvest to avoid quality issues –
· 39 % harvested at 21 WAF; 60% at 22 WAF and even 1% at 20 WAF
· Soil preparation is paralyzed due waterlogged fields
· Road closures, flooding and damage to infrastructure is reported
· Harvest and planting of new fields being carried out in difficult conditions (see picture attached)
· Other than waterlogged fields we have been spared flooding and damage to infrastructure
· A record breaking week with accumulated precipitation of 313 mm (12.3 inches)!
· This is almost equal to the average monthly precipitation during the rainy season
· Some flooding and damage to infrastructure is being reported on the Atlantic coast
· Our farms have been spared flooding or damage thus far
· We are intensifying fruit sampling to export only fruit with proper quality parameters
· Quality parameters are holding and good
How Sustainable Farming Practices Make Our Pineapples Perfect
Part of what makes our pineapples perfect is our dedication to implementing our sustainable farming practices. Being one of the top three pineapple importer to North America, we understand that it is our responsibility to implement these practices to better benefit the environment and our workers.
·High intensity showers throughout the week accumulated 119.7 mm (4.7 inches ) of precipitation
·Weather forecast is for continued atmospheric instability at least into the coming week
·Quality is stable and outstanding
·NDF harvest will be completed during week 29 harvest
·A significant reduction in industry volumes is anticipated after the last 10 weeks of NDF harvest.
·Unstable atmospheric conditions continued and a new tropical wave brought dramatic change
·Heavy to moderate daily showers accumulated 87.8 mm (3.5 inches) of precipitation
·A reduction in harvest age was implemented – less fruit harvested at 23 WAF and more at 22 WAF
·Quality continues to be excellent in spite of unfavorable climatic conditions
·NDF harvest is almost over and overall industry volume should drop accordingly
·Sudden and welcomed change in climatic conditions – the announced tropical wave fizzled out:
·Recorded precipitation was 24.6 mm (1 inch)
·Harvest plan similar to prior week
·Abundant large sizes
·Sugar content, flavor and aroma as good as it gets!
·NDF harvest almost complete
·Seasonal climatic conditions continue
·Total rainfall was 134.4 mm ( 5.25 inches)
·Both air and soil temperatures are stable
·Harvest age reduced to maintain internal quality and adequate maturity
·Land preparation has come to a standstill due weather conditions
·All other good husbandry practices are on schedule
·Quality continues at an excellent level
·Our climatic conditions on the Atlantic coast have now shifted to a higher precipitation period
·Heavy rainfall during certain days of the week brought 137.3 mm ( 5.4 inches) of precipitation
·This climatic change drives us to intensify pre harvest sampling to maintain quality
·A temporary increase in harvest age was implemented to keep up with change in weather
·Sugar content stable but we recommend faster stock rotation due weather variables
·Overall volume is on the decline and most NDF fruit has been harvested
· Tropical Storm Alberto probably brought a slight increase in precipitation
· Early week heavy downpours deposited 97.9 mm (close to 4 inches) of precipitation
· We continue to increase harvest age – 83 % of our fruit was harvested at 22 WAF
· Average brix was 15 degrees with 93% of our fruit above 13.5 brix