This Week at the Farm

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The Perfect Pineapple Report Week 31

-An intense tropical wave moved through Central American isthmus
-Caribbean and Northern regions of Costa Rica impacted
-Total weekly precipitation was 200 mm ( 9 inches)
-More than half of the total was on Monday when the wave went through!
-Temperatures very stable as expected for this time of the year
-July had been rather dry for the first half, it is usually a very rainy month
-Some ag practices delayed but nothing to be concerned
-Industry volumes continue to be short
-Market demand strong and prices higher than we have seen in 10 years

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The Perfect Pineapple Report Week 30

  • A typical tropical shift in the weather – nightly evening drizzles brought
  • 23.1 mm (slightly less than 1.0 inch) of precipitation
  • Warm days, with intermittent sun & clouds
  • Soil preparation, new plantings and good husbandry practices all caught up
  • Conditions ideal for good quality fruit
  • Industry volume is low, demand is strong – anticipated will last a few more weeks
  • Students continue on strike; few roadblocks quickly dismantled
  • Some public employees are signaling their support of student demands

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The Perfect Pineapple Report Week 29

  • Almost no variation in climatic conditions from one week to the next
  • 110.4 mm (4.4 inches) of rainfall recorded
  • Minimum air temperature down just barely 0.05  ̊̊C (1.0   ̊F) to 22.9 C (73.1 F)
  • Average temperature identical to prior week
  • Started a reduction in harvest age – less fruit harvested at 22 WAF and an increase in % fruit harvested at 20 and 21 WAF
  • Internal quality is outstanding but low external color has increased
  • Industry supplies in downward spiral following NDF harvest; some indications volume for BOY will  be lower than 2018
  • Abundant precipitation during 3rd quarter of 2018 reduced ability to plant
  • Extreme dry spell at the end of 2018 and early 2019  slowed plant growth
  • Market conditions during 2018 forced some farms to limit good husbandry practices and even reduce new plantings

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 28

Climatic conditions very similar to prior week – evening showers and some overcast days

  • 111.8 mm (4.4 inches) of precipitation accumulated
  • After 2 weeks of overcast skies and heavy showers, air and soil temperatures have dropped
  • Harvest age stable
  • Industry volume is limited and demand strong.
  • Transport blockades lifted as President Alvarado authorized operative to act against groups blocking important highways.
  • Two days later the President announced an agreement was reached and established a dialogue forum to deal exclusively with transport sector complaints.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 27

  • Climatic conditions more reminiscent of the rainy season
  • Evening downpours and sunny days
  • 126.4 mm (5 inches) or rainfall recorded
  • These conditions create very rapid plant growth
  • We are balancing harvest age and internal conditions
  • As of this writing, a trucker strike has paralyzed transport to and from the Atlantic side port of Limon. Truckers are protesting that drivers from other countries delivering cargo to Costa Rican ports extend their stay illegally and take away business from local drivers. Students are supporting the movement in an effort to oust the Minister of Education. Negotiations at the Presidential level are taking place in order to restore order.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 26

  • Indian Summer continues into mid-June
  • Mostly sunny days with a few showers accumulating just 31.1 mm (1.25 inches) of precipitation
  • Ideal conditions continue for the production of quality pineapples
  • Harvest age continues to be adjusted downwards
  • 44% harvested at 21 WAF
  • 56% harvested at 22 WAF
  • Rainy and warm conditions are anticipated for the balance of June
  • NDF harvest has been concluded, volumes industry wide expected to drop
  • Markets are already reacting to more limited supplies

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 25

  • “Indian summer” climatic conditions over the Atlantic region
  • Mostly sunny skies with a few afternoon showers accumulated
  • 36.6 mm (1.5 inches) of precipitation
  • Ideal conditions for quality pineapple production
  • Soil prep and good husbandry practices up to date
  • Industry wide volumes will begin to drop post NDF peak

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 24

  • A mixed bag of downpours and drizzles
  • Total precipitation was 74.1 mm (<3.0”)
  • June is predicted to have less precipitation
  • Vast majority of fruit harvested at 22 WAF
  • Harvest age reduction anticipated in coming weeks
  •  NDF harvest peak is complete and volumes return to normal

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 23

· A rather dramatic change in climatic conditions:

· Heavy showers accumulated 165,2 mm (6 ½”) of precipitation

· Average temperatures declined

· Mostly overcast days during the week

· Field sampling prior to harvest is intensified

· Harvest age continues to be adjusted

· Focus on these efforts is paying off as quality continues to be outstanding

· Last week of NDF harvest underway and volumes will return to normal level

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 22

Climatic conditions changed for the better
Stable temperatures
Only  5mm (0.2 inches) of precipitation recorded
NDF harvest in full swing and the weather has helped
Quality is outstanding
All farms have installed biodegradable plastic mulch to thwart the effects of NDF causing stress in 2020 and beyond.

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