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This Week at the Farm
·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
·Another week with rainfall concentrated during the weekend
·78.9 mm (3.1 inches) of precipitation recorded
·Almost 40% of the fruit harvested was NDF fruit
·NDF fruit all identified with color ribbons providing good age control and no quality issues expected
· A very dry week with only one day of rainfall that managed to bring 50.5 mm (2 inches) of rainfall.
· Great opportunity to continue bringing all good husbandry practices up to date
· NDF harvest in full force.
· Quality continues to be outstanding.
· A sincere thank you to those customers that are supporting our peak harvest.
· A very timely change in climatic conditions during week 18
· Only 22.3 mm (less than 1 inch) of rainfall recorded
· More of the same is the forecast for the next 2 weeks
· NDF harvest is underway and favorable weather is a plus
· Most of our fruit being harvested at 22 WAF
· Promotional opportunity to last for arrivals through mid June
· Precipitation during the week reached 76.3 mm (3 inches)
· Harvest age continues to be mostly 22 WAF
· Quality parameters also very stable
· Some NDF fruit being harvested and the bulk will be arrival weeks 21,22 and 23
· The week started with good sunshine and intermittent drizzles and intensified towards the weekend
§ 65.4 mm (2.5 “) rainfall recorded.
· The last few weeks of improved climatic conditions impacted quality parameters positively
· Average sugar content 14.5 brix and only 13.5% below 13.5 brix.
· Harvest age holding steady with 88% at 22WAF and balance at 23 WAF.
· NDF Harvest to commence in a week.
· Light evening drizzles brought 23.1 mm (about 1 inch) of rainfall
· Quality parameters continue a slow improvement
· NDF harvest is getting underway and volume will be plentiful through week 24
· Definitely the driest week of the year with no precipitation recorded
· Unseasonable cold night temperatures continue
· Slowing down the fruit maturation process
· Continuing to raise the specter of stress inducing “natural flowering”(NDF)
· Farms to continue to adjust harvest age
· Quality parameters improved dramatically from prior weeks
· NDF harvest commences and we prepare for the biggest pineapple consumption period of the year as weather turns warm in the northern hemisphere!