TGC Newsletter | Week 52 | 2020
ORANGE RIVER - Early region
The Orange River moved into full production on all white, red and black seedless varieties.
After a good start to the season, the region received about 15-25mm of rain over two days in week 52. The necessary measures are taken to deliver a healthy product.
As we come to an end to our early-season varieties such as Prime and Early Sweet, we notice that production is down 10% - 15% for this region if compared to estimates.
Sugra One™ is in full production from week 52 with harvest on mid-season varieties such as Sweet Globe™ ,Sweet Celebration™ and Thompson Seedless to commence from week 53.
Sable Seedless™ will come to an end in week 53 in this region.
WESTERN CAPE - Mid / Late region
First Production in the Western Cape region will commence in Week 53 in Trawal, with the Berg River area and Hex River Valley to follow.
The region seems to be 5 days delayed if compared to the previous year.
Conditions for fruit set were ideal for berry growth which led to a good overall size and more uniform bunches.
Varieties such as Arra29(Passion Fire™), Flame and Starlight will commence in week 53.
Early Black Seedless varieties such as Sable Seedless and Midnight Beauty will follow from week 1.
We expect a good crop of Crimson Seedless in the Hex River Valley
The weather predictions for the next two weeks seems ideal for colouring and berry growth as temperatures vary between 15-30°C.
Thank you and feel free to each out to us if any additional information is needed!