The September crop forecast for the 2014/15 season has been released. Click on the image below to view the forecast or download a copy here.
Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2’s are well into early fruit set. Growers have begun fruit counts to estimate harvest volumes. Where there has been an early flower and fruit set, early picking has commenced, although this is only in a few orchards. While there will be an expectation of light volumes through September, we continue to forecast that the main period for harvest will be from mid-to-late October.
Katherine / Mataranka
Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2 and Honey Gold are progressing through full blossom early fruit set.
There has been a strong and even flowering in the region, and Kensington Pride, R2E2, Calypso and Honey Gold varieties are all in full flower. Harvesting is set for early-to-late November.
Burdekin / Bowen
Across the region, Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Honey Gold are now in flower, with some farms reporting an even flower at full bloom, and others with a mixture of full bloom and bud swell. Harvest in the region is set to begin in late November, and will continue through to mid-December.
Mareeba / Dimbulah
Kensington Pride, R2E2, Calypso and Honey Gold are well into the flowering process. The region is set for a mid-to-late December harvest, flowing into early January, with the later variety’s starting in late January / early February.