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Special — Stonefruit
Late rains peachy for Western Australia stonefruit
WA stonefruit growers have welcomed the State's unseasonal spring rains, labelling this year's crop as one of the best in a decade. Nectarines, plums, apricots and peaches - all the summer favourites - have begun to bloom with vigour, from Dandaragan to Donnybrook. And industry experts say the strong supply.....
US: First organic cherries from Argentina eagerly anticipated
CF Fresh is looking forward to the season’s first arrival of imported fresh organic cherries from Argentina. The first shipments are expected to arrive by air freight on Monday, November 28th, and will be offered for sale immediately. This year’s crop of organic bing cherries are sweet, dark red, and of.....
AU: Cherry crop looking rosier this year
Cherry growers have begun harvesting in northern Victoria, with the industry expecting a much better crop this year.Cherry Growers Australia is predicting about 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes of fruit will be picked throughout the country this season.President Andrew Smith says that's much higher than last.....
AU: No cheer for cherry growers
Local cherries look set to be in short supply for Christmas as WA growers count the cost of late rains that could halve the State's crop. The crop is tipped to come in under 200 tonnes, less than half the 450 tonnes produced in the Perth Hills and South West last year. A warm, damp winter resulted in a poor.....
Weather benefits Australian stone fruit
Due to good rainfall in the winter months, stone fruit from Australia is experiencing a boom in size, quality and volume.“Quality is exceptional this season,” says Geoff Hagarty, General Manager of AFPC Exports, “the fruit have high sugar levels and good shelf life due to ideal conditions leading up to.....
AU: First cherries auctioned
Young's five Cherry Queen entrants for 2011 were in Sydney this week for the annual cherry auction, which raised $65,000 for charity.The season’s first box of cherries, sourced from Hillston in the Riverina, was auctioned at Sydney Markets in Flemington.The winning bid was made by a group of over 50 industry.....
Excellent quality and size
Argentina: Cherry volumes up 30%
The cherry season in Argentina got under way last week. The weather has been kind with cool nights and hot days giving the promise of a great crop.Jacques Joubert from Global Trading, Argentina said the quality is excellent this year with sizes from 20/22/24/26/28/30/32+ and volumes are up approximately 30%.....
Chinese cherry market one step closer for Tas growers
Tasmanian cherry growers could start exporting their fruit to China as early as December, if current indications are any guide. Representatives from Cherry Growers Australia and Fruit Growers Tasmania have just returned from a trip to the China World Fruit and Vegetable Fair where, once again, the mainland.....
Joep Jongmans of Capespan Contnent optimistic about new crop
South African stone fruit season started
Capespan Continent received the first container of peaches and nectarines from South Africa this week. "It was expected to be an early season, but because of the unstable weather of the past period the start is as normal" as per Joep Jongmans of Capespan. The importer expects a good production. "Especially.....
Argentina: Ash affects stone production
The main exporting region for cherry in the country in the last campaign - Alto Valle - registered some damages caused by frosts and deficiencies in the fruit's pollination. That is explained due to a high death rate of bees due to volcanic ash. As Spring ends, external buyers start to show interest in.....
UK: Southern Hemisphere season underway at Total Cherry
The transition from Northern Hemisphere cherries to Southern Hemisphere is under way. Jon Clark from Total Cherry UK, saw their first South African cherries last week and the first from Argentina arrived Monday. The Chilean cherries are expected later this week.The UK cherry market has been pretty much empty.....
AU: Australian cherry growers forecast good season
The Australian cherry season gets under way this month and growers of the fruit are anticipating a good year. A full soil profile, a good quantity of rain and a cool winter are all things which bode well for the quality of the upcoming cherry crop.A good season would be welcome news for the Australian cherry.....
Ben Halliday - AgriLink
Intense start to South African stone fruit season
The stone fruit season at AgriLink, South Africa got under way in week 39/40. Ben Halliday from the company which celebrated 20 years in business in September, said it was a very intense start to the season, "a dry period with high temperatures meant that the fruit matured very quickly. There were also many.....
AU: Stone fruit season starts with fears of a glut
The stone fruit harvest has started in north-west Victoria. White and yellow nectarines and peaches will be in the markets soon. Grower Gaethan Cutri, from Woorinen near Swan Hill, says prices have started off poorly, and like other industries this year, orchards need a drop in the Australian dollar to avoid.....