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This Week at the Farm
· 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
· 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.
·Precipitation increased to 80 mm ( 3.2 inches).
·Sunny mornings followed by rainy and overcast afternoons.
·Harvest age is being adjusted to adapt to climatic conditions.
·A nationwide strike called for this week 37 threatened disruption of logistic services.
·Costa Rican authorities have the situation under control.
·Airports, ports and highways operating normally.
· A second consecutive week with improved climatic conditions.
· Well distributed light showers brought 45.1 mm (1.8 inches) of precipitation.
· Air and soil temperatures increased to normal levels.
· Most of our fruit is harvested at 21 weeks after forcing (WAF).
· Pineapple volumes out of Costa Rica are very low.
· A return to lighter precipitation with 43.1 mm (1.7 inches of rainfall
· We continue to adjust harvest age to fit changing climatic conditions
· 76% harvested at 21 weeks after forcing (WAF)
· Only 5%harvested at 20 WAF
· Sugar content improved as average rose to 14.3 degrees brix and percentage below 13.5 dropped to 30%
· External color mostly 0.5
· Taste, aroma and sweetness much improved
· September and October are usually drier months and we experience some of the best growing conditions of the year.
· Please contact your sales manager for “October – Pineapple Month” marketing opportunities
· 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.