Macadamias: Harvest in Australia Almost Complete
Mundus-Agri: After the devastating storms and floods at the beginning of the year, Australia's harvest is almost complete. The quality is convincing, and the growers are also satisfied with the crop quantity considering the difficult conditions.
Crop forecast confirmed
In the current crop estimate of the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS), the organization confirms the forecast from the end of May, according to which the total Australian production this year will amount to 49,340 mt of inshell macadamias (3.5% moisture content). The original estimate of 54,930 mt had been revised at the end of April when severe storms and resulting flooding in New South Wales and Queensland caused crop damage. Harvesting was delayed in some growing regions, such as the hard-hit Northern Rivers region, but conditions have improved significantly in recent months. “Fortunately, sustained dry weather in the Northern Rivers in June and July has allowed growers to get back onto their orchards, and harvest activity in this region has really ramped up,” says Clare Hamilton-Bate, who has replaced Jolyon Burnett as CEO of the AMS.