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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 47

·For a third consecutive week we continue to have unseasonably dry, sunny and warm days!

·10.1 mm (0.40) inches of precipitation recorded

·We continued to lower harvest age given this favorable climate

·Sugar content and external color at optimal levels

·All good husbandry practices are on schedule

·Holiday demand is on the increase

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 46

·Unseasonably dry weather continues
·One rainy day managed to accumulate 34.7 mm ( 1.3 inches) of rainfall
·This is a gift that keeps on giving as we manage to bring up to date all farm chores
·Fruit quality definitely at its best – external color and sugar content at optimal levels
·Average sugar content is 15.3 degrees brix
·81% of our fruit at external color 1.0 to 1.5

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 45

· Very favorable climatic conditions this week – sunny days with only scattered drizzles
· 25.1 mm (1 inch) of rainfall recorded
· Soil preparation and other good husbandry practices are up to date
· Stable sugar content, excellent external and internal color
· Demand is on the increase as the holidays approach

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 44

·Overcast and rainy days accumulating 162 mm (6.4 “) of precipitation
·We continue to tweak harvest age to insure quality and adequate fruit maturity
·Most government employees back to work, the Education Department seems to be only hold out.
·Good production volume will enable us to meet demand for the Holidays.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report for Week 43

· Very dry conditions for the most part of the week but intense nighttime showers during the weekend brought 76.2 mm (3 inches) of rainfall.
· Our fruit’s taste, aroma and sweetness are at optimal levels
· Practically all Costa Rican government branches are back to work; port operations returning to normalcy.
· Directed social media efforts promoting pineapple jack-o’-lantern creating promotional excitement https://youtu.be/sGB6FuS7yHY

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 42

·Precipitation was half of prior week, a few showers accumulated 39.5 mm (1.5 inches) of rainfall
·Air temperatures practically unchanged from prior week
·Quality of our fruit in terms of sweetness, flavor and aroma are at optimal levels
·Employees of unions of most government branches have returned to work as the movement’s support dwindles
·The uncertainty in port operations of the last month has led to ocean freight delays and service cancellations

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 41

·Increase in precipitation recorded this week – 54.5 mm (2.15 inches)
·Very stable harvest pattern continues
·Quality improvements are notable – improved sugar content, internal and external color
·Public employees continue strike into its fourth week
·Talks between parties continue stalled
·Courts have declared strike illegal so some employees are returning to work
·Ports operating almost normal, only delays caused by roadblocks
·Volumes are back to normal levels

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 40

· A few scattered showers barely accumulated 8 mm (1/3”)
· Slight harvest age increase – more fruit harvested at 22 weeks after forcing (WAF) than prior week
· Harvest volumes are back to normal
· Public employee strike ending third week. Talks between union representatives and government officials is stalled.
· Roadblocks may cause delays in transit to port but loading operations are back to normal

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 39

· The dry spell continues with less than one tenth of an inch ( 2.3 mm) of precipitation recorded.
· All agricultural practices now on schedule
· Harvest age was increased slightly seeking improved internal conditions but careful not to overcompensate given changes in climatic conditions.
· Overall quality remains very acceptable.
· Nationwide strikes moves into the second week –
· Meetings between government officials and union representatives started Monday
· Talks are deadlocked with parties at odds over:
· Government officials demand strike to be lifted in order for talks to continue
· Union officials demand grievances addressed before the stroke is lifted
· Port operations have resumed although at a slower pace than normal

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 38

· Scattered light drizzles brought only 27.5 mm (just over 1 inch) of rainfall
· Improved climatic conditions enabled farms to prepare land, plant and carry out good husbandry practices
· We expect this drier weather to last a couple of months
· But now a country wide strike called by unions of public employees is paralyzing the country.
· Imports and exports are trickling in and out. Fuel shortages expected. Vessels cancelled.

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