Estimates Show That The 2015 Harvest Topped 76 Thousand Tons
Following a season without any major weather constraints, estimates are showing that the volume of fruit is adding up to 76,945 tons according to Chile Prunes’ production analysis. It is important to note that harvest estimates for last season (2014) were 65,899 tons.
Along with the favorable weather conditions, requirements were met in terms of cold hours, flowering and development. There were no major frosts and the seasons took place in an adequate timeframe.
The only climate-related incident that affected production in a few areas was a 22 millimeter rainfall in late December, which caused splitting in some fruit.
On the other hand, high temperatures over the past few months, which have sped-up the fruit’s ripening process, moved-up harvesting dates between 5 to 10 days