Batlow cherry growers have reported a positive start to the season this year, with good weather conditions and great produce.
Greg Mouat of Mouat’s Farm: “The season’s been good – we had a slightly lighter crop of our labyrinths variety than normal but that was partly due to the bushfires. Our later variety of sweetheart, which we’ve just finished picking, went very well. All in all, we’re pretty pleased with the way it’s gone.”
The recent cherry crop has also been a boost for Ralph Wilson of Wilgro Orchards. “In volume it will be down a bit, but that’s because of loss of trees,” Wilson told tatimes.com.au, “but if we looked at a per tree or per hectare basis with what we’ve got, I think we’ll have as good a crop as we’ve had for a long time. We had some good rain all the way through growing, so trees grew well, [and the] cherries were big.”
“It’s been a mild season; hasn’t been cold, hasn’t been too hot – it’s a bit of a goldilocks season,” Mr Wilson reflected, noting that the rain had caused a bit of splitting with some of the produce, but was able to sell this as second grade fruit.
The travel restrictions didn’t pose any great problems for the Batlow orchardists, who both rely primarily on contractors, “plus a backpacker or two,” Mr Wilson said.
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