This Week at the Farm

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 13

· Favorable climatic conditions continue –

· Well distributed showers brought 40.3 mm (1.5 inches) of precipitation

· Only one night with nighttime low temperatures at 20°C (68 °F)

· Focusing on “the art of fruit ripening” – due to changing internal and external fruit maturation pace – a result of favorable climate.

· NDF identification process continues

· Forecasting increased shipments during the month of May

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 12

· A few late night showers brought 18.5 mm (.75 inches) of precipitation

· Slight increase in air and soil temperatures

· Minimum temperatures above 20°C (68 °F) = reduced threat of NDF event

· While land preparation may be interrupted, the rainfall was badly needed.

· Quality continues to be outstanding

· Both volume and demand on the rise in preparation for the Easter pull

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 11

· Increased precipitation during the week = the good news

· 62.1 mm ( 2.4 inches) of rainfall recorded

· Harvest age increase continues

· The majority of our crop harvested at 21 and 22 WAF

· The tally of NDF continues with the placement of color ribbons to identify age.

· The incidence of NDF is higher than anticipated possibly due to the stress of many nights with minimum temperatures below 20°C (68°F) and the long lasting drought

· NDF harvest to commence with limited volume week 18

· See you all at the SEPC – Southern Innovations 2019

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 10

· Light showers brought some relief to the water stressed plantations:

· 13.9 mm ( a little more than ½ inch) of precipitation recorded.

· The minimum temperatures rose to 22.1°C (72°F) decreasing concerns re NDF stress

· Quality continues to be outstanding.

· Farm efforts at increasing and maintaining external color are demonstrating good results

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report for Week 9

· Dry spell continues with only 2.8 mm (1/10th inch) of rainfall

· Plantation shows a few early signs of water stress

· Weather forecast does call for some rain in the coming days

· Still having some nights with minimum temperatures at 68°F (20°C)

· Harvest age increase continues and helps to counter slower maturation process due climatic conditions

· Fruit quality remains outstanding

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 8

· Dry spell continues

· 1 mm (0.0394 inch) of precipitation recorded this week

· The forecast is for more of the same for a few more weeks

· Minimum temperatures continue to drop during the evenings

· Some nighttime temperatures down to 20°C (68°F) and even a few degrees below

· This could stress plants to flower naturally

· Farm increasing harvest age to maintain sugar content and internal quality at optimum levels

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 7

· January ends with lowest monthly precipitation in recent years

· Total month precipitation equaled 44.6 mm ( 1 3/4th inches)

· Almost draught conditions could also stress plants into flowering naturally

· Temperatures on the increase, which is a very positive turn of events

· Harvest age was lowered and being monitored carefully

· Too early to tell severity of NDF events but we expect an improvement from prior years.

· Berlin Fruit Logistica was a successful event – and was good to see our good customers

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Where the Perfect Pineapple Grows

Eco-Friendly Farming & Rainforest Protection

Rainforest Protection

Here on Chestnut Hill Farms, we have the pleasure of working in paradise everyday. No, we don’t mean to brag, but we are thankful. Our farms are located in Guapiles, Costa Rica, right over the hill from Tortuguero National Forest. Living and working in such a lush, ecologically diverse environment has allowed us to grow more appreciative of our surroundings. This is why we bear in mind rainforest protection and remain eco-conscious of the impact of our farms while growing the perfect pineapple.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 6

·    Dry weather continued but minimum temperatures increased slightly after the middle of the week

·     8.9 mm (1/3rd of an inch) precipitation recorded

·    Minimum temperature rose to 20.8°C  (69.5°F)

·    A few early week evenings minimum hovered around 20°C

·    NDF events that occurred during weeks 48 & 49 (2018) of minimal consequence

·    Flowers were broken off the few plants with NDF

·    Will start to place color ribbons to identify NDF caused by events during weeks 51 & 52

·    Quality continues to be outstanding

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 5

· The sun kept shining and the dry weather continued but we had some very cold nights:

· Only 2 mm (0.08 inches) of precipitation were recorded, but

· Minimum night temperatures dropped to 19.6°C ( 67.2°F)

· These low minimum temperatures may have stressed plants and caused an NDF event

· Harvest age is being kept at same level.

· Quality is outstanding and volumes are normal

· Weather forecast is that “El Niño” phase will last through March and may even extend to May

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