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March 2023 Summerfruit Report

Posted By HBFA | March 20, 2023

I’ve rewritten this piece a few times and it always seems trite considering what significant parts of the industry have been through and continue to deal with. So, lets keep this short and to the point.

From the Summerfruit perspective what has changed and what do we know?

Despite all this there could be more fruit on the NZ market than there was last season, because of the low fruit set last season and trees responding with a full bloom this spring. Big fruit set then a big fruit drop and hand thinning bills is a possible scenario.

There were a couple of lessons learned from a localized flooding event in Central Otago three seasons ago where trees were in standing water for up to three days:

Spring is not so far away with early flowering apricots due in August. This is when we will begin to know what next season holds. To paraphrase John Wilton, ‘the best fertilizer for the orchard is the footsteps of the manager’. Observing the blocks regularly, with a consultant, or rep or fellow grower will, in my opinion, be hugely valuable. Make some notes.

What say we have a few small gatherings and share experiences of a difficult season, Cyclone recovery and blooms on trees in spring. My shout.

Richard Mills
Summerfruit Technical Advisor
021 632559

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