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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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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 4

· Unseasonably dry conditions continued

· A few light drizzles accumulated 8.6 mm (1/3rd of an inch) of precipitation

· Shorter days but moderate to high luminosity

· Nighttime temperatures during a few nights dropped below 20°C (68°F)

· These minimum temperatures could stress plants into natural flowering

· The weather forecast is for more of the same

· All agricultural practices performed on timely basis

· Quality is outstanding and volumes are on the rise

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 03

· Excellent climatic conditions into the New Year

· Light drizzles barely accumulated 16.7 mm (3/4th of an inch) of rainfall

· Air and soil temperatures increased a few degrees

· Nighttime temperatures did not go below 20 °C (68°F)

· Harvest pattern stable with most fruit harvested at 21 WAF and balance at 20 WAF

· Fruit quality is outstanding

· Stable brix content

· Outstanding external color and internal maturity

· First field samplings for evidence of “natural fruit” resulted in negligible amounts

· Volumes are stable and demand is increasing.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 02

·Pleasant climatic conditions continued through the end of the year –

·Mild showers over the weekend brought 15.7 mm (0.6 inches) of precipitation

·Temperatures continued on the lower end of the tropical spectrum

·A few evenings the minimum temperatures hovered around 18°C ( 68 °F)

·We feel that the likelihood of climatic stress causing NDF is minimized under these conditions

·All good husbandry practices completed in a timely manner resulting in an excellent quality harvest.

·Opportune time to feature pineapples and help customers keep their New Year’s resolutions and eat healthy!

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 01, 2019

·Same climatic conditions for four straight weeks – rainfall limited to weekend days:

·Only 30.1 mm (1.2 inches) of precipitation recorded

·Air and soil temperatures dropped by less than one degree

·Harvest age reduction continues with 83% of fruit harvested at 21 WAF

·Quality of fruit is outstanding – great external and internal color and outstanding sugar content

We thank you for your support during 2018 and look forward to continuing to supply you with The Perfect Pineapple during 2019! Happy New Year

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 52

·Mostly dry during the week and a few showers of moderate intensity during the weekend

·35 mm (1.25 inches) of precipitation recorded

·Overall temperature metrics stable but during 2 evenings the minimum temperatures dropped below 19 degrees C ( 66 degrees F).

·Conventional wisdom says that temperatures below 20°C (68°F) may stress plants into flowering (NDF) but other variables such as overcast and rainy conditions were absent.

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 51

·Dry and sunny conditions continued

·13.2 mm (0.5 inches) of precipitation recorded

·Climatic conditions have allowed us to prepare land for planting through April 2019

·Minimum temperatures dropped slightly but average and soil temperatures stable

·External color and internal conditions are stable and outstanding

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT THE FARMS!

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The Perfect Pineapple Production Report Week 50

·Unseasonably dry weather returned

·Only 19 mm (3/4 inch) of precipitation recorded

·The onset of a moderate “El Nino” is predicted for early next year

·This lowers the probability of cold fronts rolling this far south and causing NDF events

·Quality remains at an excellent level

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