Harvesting in the region is nearing the halfway mark.
The region will finish up early in the new year with Scarlotta Seedless®.
Estimates still indicate that the area will be able to realize a total crop of 7.5 million cartons.
The final Midnight Beauty® volumes will be harvested in week 50.
Sable Seedless® volumes will continue into production week 51.
Midnight Beauty® and Sable Seedless® volumes are down compared to the previous season.
Crimson Seedless will come into production week 51.
Week 52 will be a quiet week on the production side, although going into the new year we expect the area to close strong.
Autumn Crisp® and Scarlotta Seedless® will be harvested in the new year and both varieties looks promising at this stage with excellent bunch configuration.
ORANGE RIVER REGION
The area is delayed 10-14 days (compared to previous season) varying between production units and different varieties.
The early varieties tend to be later compared to the mid and late varieties.
Harvesting of Prime and Early Sweet is coming to a close with single farms still harvesting on later production units
Week 51 will see an increase in the Onseepkans area (early area) on:
Week 51 will see the Augrabies area focus on:
Despite a high demand for Red Seedless, volumes are coming out slow, but will increase in production week 51.
Weather conditions were ideal for colouring of both the red and black seedless.
Day temperatures reached high 30's (ºC) with evening temperatures going even below 18 ºC on a handful of evenings.
With the first white seedless plots being cleaned up and finished with, it appears the harvest this season is tending towards a lighter crop.
We do not foresee an above average crop for South Africa at this stage as the other Southern Hemisphere production regions.
WESTERN CAPE (BERG RIVER REGION | HEX RIVER REGION)
Producers are focusing on final preparation and applications before the start of the season.
Bunch preparation was time consuming this year due to aggressive fruit set at an early stage.
In some instances, weather conditions led to bunches being more compact than in previous years.
In turn, this led to producers having to have more workers on the farms to prepare the bunches and to create more space for berries to expand.
The result being perfect bunches with excellent size, although there was a rise in input cost.
Final spray application will be done on the early red seedless varieties this week.
The first units in the area aim to start production week 52.
Around production week 02 all units in the Berg River region will be in full production.
Especially new varieties are looking promising in the area (photos).
We experienced moderately cool weather up to now, after the challenging heatwaves that hit the Western Cape a few weeks ago.
Weather forecasts indicate that we can expect rising daily temperatures in the coming weeks.
Sable Seedless® is still showing the biggest effect after the heatwaves due to it happening in the fruit drop phase.
We expect the Sable Seedless® volumes to be down roughly by 20% - 30% depending on the production unit.
The quality of the fruit looks promising and we expect a firm, crispy crop.
Please get in contact with us for additional information:
Far East - Marietjie Franzsen | Hugo van Dyk
Europe - Louise van der Merwe | CJ van Staden
North America - Le Roux Strydom | CJ van Staden
United Kingdom - Le Roux Strydom | Johann Hauptfleisch