Last week we received some rainfall, with more on the way this week with showers forecasted through Thursday. We are currently in a wet pattern, however, this is typically good this time of year and mostly for the plants. Temperatures will be in the low-high 60s during the day and the 40s-50s at night. Fronteras is looking advanced with nice fruit load developing. We are seeing some slight decay and water damage with the recent rainfall, but we are just making cleaning passes until weather clears. Fruit is mostly 12-14 count with a couple at 16. Organic Fall Crop is still going, but only harvested once a week under hoops. Quality looks good overall, this fruit is primarily at 20-22 count. Harvest this week depends on weather so be sure to contact our Sales Team for updates.
There are definite showers ahead this week with rainfall up to a few inches. Despite the weather lately and a wet month of January thus far, quality remains strong and no significant damage has been done to the crops. The only minor difficulties we have seen have been slight discoloration to fruit here and there due to the moisture in the fields, but overall, crops look good. Size is good at 14-16 and color is about 90% - with volume to increase over the next few weeks. With more rain in the forecast for the next 5-7 days, our picking schedule will be very sporadic so be sure to contact our Sales Team for updates.
Brigatta and Legacy are still the main mid-season varieties currently in our North-Central growing region of Chile. Both varieties are showing great size and good color-bloom. The South-Central region's Ribbon, Top Shelf and Last Call varieties are showing firmness and nice appearance. South region Brigitta, Legacy and Blue Gold are firm with great color. All regions are experiencing sunny days with highs from the 80s-90s - with Temuco, Chile slightly cooler in the 70s-80s.
Florida is seeing sunnier days as opposed to our California growing regions. Temperatures are ranging in the upper 50-60s with a mix of sun and clouds - quality is excellent with fruit counting 12-16. Temperatures should increase as we dive further into the week and will reach the 70s-80s. Volume will be increasing towards the end of the week.
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In 2019, reported acreage continues the shift to the new, highest yielding varieties. New varieties are untested in unique weather conditions, making forecasting more challenging in years with rare weather events. With normal weather, weekly shipment volume from April 15 to October 31 2019 is likely to equal or exceed the three year average. With this knowledge, California Giant recognizes that this trend results in large volumes overlapping during specific times of the year and we are focused on ensuring our California strawberry volume remains consistent throughout the duration of the entire year. This is one of the many reasons why we are so passionate about our farms across the globe beyond just California - fulfilling our mission to providing the best quality berries year-round to our customers.
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