The Perfect Pineapple Report 2022: Week 5

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  • For four weeks in a row we have had limited precipitation, abundant solar radiation but low nighttime temperatures
    •   8,8 mm – about 1/3 of an inch of rainfall was recorded
    • Average minimum air temperature was 21°C (69,9°F)
    • The average was 25,4°C (77,7°F) 
    • Several nighttime temperatures this week were  below 20 Celsius (68°F)
    • Soil temperature rose slightly to 25,9°C (78,6°F)
  • Harvest strategy continues unchanged
    • 88.1% of the volume was harvested at  20 WAF
    • 7.5% at 21 WAF and a small portion of early young fruit at 19 WAF (4.4%).
  • Average sugar content declined slightly to 14.3 º Brix  –  78.6% of the sample  was at desirable brix level between 13.5 and 15.5
  • Fruit texture continues to improve and we had less variability in pulp firmness between samples
  • Those nighttime temperatures below 20 Celsius (68°F) could bring NDF events but is too early to quantify
  • The nor’easter that dumped record snowfall in parts of the East Coast of the USA will certainly bring some impact to our region
  • We anticipate harvest age increase with lower temperatures slowing down maturation process
  • Covid 19 infection rates continue high – 28,106 new cases reported
    • The farms remain relatively free of Covid 19
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