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Insights November 2021

9 November 2021 |Horticulture
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Insights November 2021

9 November 2021 |Horticulture
The November update provides an analysis of production and pricing trends for Australian horticulture producers.

Commodity Overview:

  • Darwin has seen its mango crop forecast reduced by almost half a million trays to 2.4 million trays.
  • Cherry harvest in New South Wales is now starting to get underway where a shortage of cherries will see higher prices compared to last season.
  • Vegetable producers in South Australia have reported significant damage to crops following hailstorms and strong winds.

A significant increase in fruit fly numbers is expected following a relatively mild winter. As a result, major fruit producing regions within Victoria are expected to be particularly hard hit. Additional funding has been allocated to at risk areas in an attempt to control any potential outbreaks. Wholesale fruit prices were generally mixed over the past month. Fruit prices were generally lower while vegetable prices increased.

Fruit

Over 537,000 trays of mangoes were produced nationally at the end of October with picking now starting to get underway in Bowen. Kensington Pride mango yields have not been great so far this season, though this is based on a relatively small sample size. North Queensland harvest will pick up pace in the coming weeks with production expected to be in line with last season.  Darwin has seen its crop forecast reduced by almost half a million trays to 2.4 million trays. The total Northern Territory harvest is now forecast to hit 4.4 million trays. The national forecast remains at just over 7.5 million trays.

Cherry harvest in New South Wales is now starting to get underway. Picking is about a week later than normal following colder than usual weather. Above average rainfall coupled with lower temperatures were seen in major growing regions. This is expected to have a negative impact on production volumes. Due to this, there may be a shortage of cherries on the domestic market with prices expected to be significantly higher than last year. The delayed season is also impacting export numbers, with exports to China already a week behind schedule.

Citrus season is now coming to a close with many seasonal workers now moving onto mango harvest in the Northern Territory. Supply chain issues, expensive freight costs and ongoing trade tensions have impacted exports to China.

Vegetables

The end of October saw hailstorms and strong winds hit South Australia. Vegetable producers around Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions were impacted. Hail and strong winds damaged crops, with reports of damaged glasshouses also emerging. Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and zucchini crops were amongst the most affected vegetable crops. Growers in the region have reported up to 70 per cent of their crops have been damaged. Vegetable prices generally increased over the past month. This trend is expected to continue in November as harvest workers remain in high demand across the agriculture industry.

Nuts

Australian macadamia producers are on track for a record season. The Australian Macadamia Society has revised its forecasts. It now anticipates 54,000 tonnes of in shell macadamias have been harvested. The increased production will see the yearly production value increase to $275 million.

 

** The tropical fruit index includes bananas, mangoes, papaws, passionfruit and pineapples

* The citrus index includes oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Rural Bank and Ausmarket Consultants.

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