The Perfect Pineapple Report 2020: Week 11

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Production Stats

  • An abrupt change in precipitation as we transition to drier conditions
    • Only 4.3 mm ( 0.15 inches) of rainfall recorded
    • Minimum air temperature continues low @ 21º C ( 69.9º F)
    • Nighttime minimum temperatures dropped below 20º C ( 70º F)
  • Farms implemented slight increase in harvest age – 54.3% harvested at 21 WAF, balance at 20 WAF
  • All agricultural practices are up to date

Market Conditions

  • Forecasters are announcing the start of the “La Nina” weather pattern that should bring drier conditions to the Caribbean region but higher precipitation to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
  • Smaller sizes and reduced volume still impacting the production in the Caribbean area while production in the north-central region seems to be slowly improving.
  • Supply of large sizes is short and not fully covering demand.
  • Map of Costa Rica (below) showing distribution of the pineapple production by growing area
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