John Emett, Orchard Management and Grower Services, South Auckland and Northland
Far and Mid North
Maturity testing is happening across quite a number of orchards in the Far North and at the time of writing one orchard has been harvested for the New Zealand market. The fruit came off a young orchard that was first to market last season as well. Maturity results are indicating that this season will be more in line with levels over the past few years rather than the exceptional early season we had last year.
Not only are maturities in line with historical dates, the range of maturity in individual fruit is in a much tighter range, again what we have seen typically in past seasons.
Pest levels are low, but keep an eye on six spotted mite and plan your sprays accordingly.