Ben Clifton from Valley Syndicate Farms, near Yeppoon, says the weather has provided regular rainfall in the growing area, so good plant growth has led to good yields.
"The winter growing season has provided reasonable growing conditions with soil moisture remaining unusually consistent," he said. "However there have been some serious cold snaps in the Yeppoon area resulting in the worst frost we have seen in years. These cold snaps cause plants to flower prematurely resulting in an abundance of small fruit throughout December and January. But this year we’ve seen a winter crop produce good-sized, delicious pineapples. Shoppers should know that a pineapple’s skin colour will vary between summer and winter but they’re always ready to eat as soon as they hit stores."
"Our company is experiencing steady growth after moving our operation in 2010," he said. "In the last 8 years we have been steadily improving the amount of organic matter in the sandy soil which pineapples love, resulting in better yields."
He adds that the risks of oversupply in any one period is managed by spreading the fruit production throughout the year, with the aim of producing pineapples every week of the year.
Valley Syndicate Farms grows three main varieties of pineapple; 7350, MD2 and smooth cayenne.
"60 per cent of our production is 7350 which is our main 'Gold' variety," Mr Clifton said. "It is a superior eating quality pineapple for the majority of the year and particularly in winter as it has low acid, high sugar and vitamin C. MD2 is another 'Gold' variety and it is a great eating pineapple between December and January. In February and early March the humble smooth cayenne is at its best eating qualities and makes an excellent fresh pineapple when it is more suited to canning in other months of the year.
Valley Syndicate Farms
Phone: +61 7 4939 3969