The Perfect Pineapple Report 2024: Week 1

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Air and soil temperatures were reported to be: 

o The average minimum air temperature dropped to 21.9°C (71.3°F)

o The average air temperature fell to 24.4°C (75.8°F)

o The average soil temperature also decreased to 25.6°C (78.1°F)

o Solar radiation continued mostly low to very low with overcast days.

o Very low risk of causing sunburnt and corky fruit.

o The relative humidity remained quite high at 91.4%.

o Large fruit (4,5 and 6 count) declined to 48% of our harvest, and 5 count dropped significantly to 15.4%.

o The 20 WAF fruit continues to be the majority with 80.7% of the harvest. The balance corresponded to 12.9% fruit from 21 WAF and 6.4% fruit from 19 WAF.  

o Crownless fruit volume increased to 10.7% of the total packed.

o The sugar content of our fruit continued above 15 Brix. It is important to mention that during sampling,  an insignificant volume of fruit was recorded below 13.5 Brix (1%) and the volume with a Brix level above 15.5 decreased significantly from 47.3% to 27.6% of the sample, Brix readings were recorded below 1 on all our farms.  

o The average firmness of our fruit improved a bit. A very low percentage of our fruit was recorded with psi less than 2.7 (only 2.1% of the sample).  The minimum was 2.6 psi; the average reached 3.4 psi and the maximum was 4.3 psi.

o All fruit quality characteristics were reported according to our standards.

o No vessel delays reported this week. Although it’s another short holiday week, expect loading delays in all regions.

o Weather patterns were like those of the previous weeks, but a slight decrease in weekly accumulated precipitation took place. Overcast days continued most of the week, air and soil temperatures declined. We can conclude with some certainty that this climatic pattern could give rise to new natural flowering events (NDF).

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