The Perfect Pineapple Report 2023: Week 29

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  • Some scattered drizzles managed to accumulate 26.4mm and just over an inch of rainfall.
  • Both air and soil temperatures remained stable
    • The average minimum temperature reached 23.1° Celsius degrees (73.6°F)
    • The average air temperature remained stable at 27°C (80.5°F)
    • The soil temperature remained stable reaching 28°C (82.4°F)
    • Solar radiation was mostly moderate with no risk of sunburn and “corky fruit”.
    • The relative humidity jumped up to 89%.
  • Large (4,5,6 count) fruit stable at 56%
  • Large 5 counts declined again to 24.6% of our harvest.
  • Most of the fruit continued to be harvested at 21 WAF but reduced compared to last week (69.3%).
  • Crownless fruit volume dropped this week to 8.2% of our harvest.
  • Sugar content: despite the decrease in harvest age, the average sugar content of our fruit improved compared to the previous week. Variation in Brix readings remained below 1 on all farms.
  • The internal coloration of our fruit continued stable and typical of the Golden variety.
  • Fruit samples with psi less than 2.7 were only 1.9% of the sample.
    • The minimum was 2.8 psi
    • The average reached 3.5 psi
    • The maximum was 4.5 psi
  • The week brought a significant decrease in the accumulated rainfall compared to the previous week. This improvement in our weather allowed the farms to resume the work of soil preparation as normal. For this coming week, the weather forecast indicates an increase in rainfall due to the presence of a tropical wave in our region. This week there was a further reduction in the average harvest age. The volume of naturally differentiated fruit (NDF) represented 15.4% of the total harvested this week, most of this fruit identified with plastic ribbons. About 90% of the fruit identified as NDF has already been harvested. Therefore, the volume of natural fruit that remains in the field is low and the risk of having quality problems with this fruit is minimal. The quality of our fruit remains stable and in accordance with our standards.
  • Expect supply volumes for weeks 28-31 to drop to unusually low levels. It is a post-NDF (Naturally Differentiated Fruit) period event.
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