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Quality however, has improved considerably.
Sunny days with extremely hot temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 24°C – 38°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 13°C – 23°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is small/medium – medium. Ripeness is 3⁄4 colour – colour.
The large discrepancy between the daily and overnight temperatures has hindered plant productivity this week as we aren’t harvesting large volumes. Quality however, has improved considerably.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

Harvest volumes and quality are at optimal levels.
Sunny days with extremely hot temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 25°C – 39°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 13°C – 15°C.
Larger volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is small/medium – medium. Ripeness is ¾ colour – colour.
Similar to last week, we are very happy with how things are progressing. Both harvest volumes and quality of the fruit being harvested are at optimal levels. We are currently harvesting from patches 2 and 3 and we just began with patch 4 this week.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

The plants are still producing reasonable volumes.
Cloudy conditions with significant wind throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 25°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C – 16°C.
Reasonable volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium – medium/large.
Overcast and cloudy conditions have continued into this week, which has lead to a plateau in harvest volumes. The plants are still producing reasonable volumes, but there is room for improvement and we are still working with the limited sunlight to the best of our ability.

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The younger crops are showing accelerated productivity.
Sunny days with fluctuating and extremely hot temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 22°C – 37°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 17°C.
Harvest volumes are increasing.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium. Ripeness is ¾ colour.
We are still experiencing very warm temperatures, but we are also seeing a gradual decrease overnight and in the early mornings. The crops are adapting well to these temperatures as we are harvesting larger volumes and the younger crops are showing accelerated productivity.

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Overall, we are happy with how well the plants have held up.
Mostly sunny days with fluctuating and extremely hot temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 24°C – 42°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 12°C - 22°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium. Ripeness is 3⁄4 colour.
As mentioned last week, the fluctuating and extremely warm temperatures have kept us very busy as we try to manage plant and fruit health. Overall, we are happy with how well the plants have held up as we anticipate only a small lull in productivity and in turn harvest volumes. Much of our humidity management and moisture intake of the plants has helped combat the dry conditions that the heat has brought on.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

The past few weeks of plant care helped bring on stronger volumes.
Cloudy conditions with significant wind throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 19°C – 26°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C – 15°C.
Reasonable volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium – medium/large.
Our focus over the past few weeks on plant care, specifically relating to trying to combat the limited sunlight we have been receiving has helped bring on stronger harvest volumes. We are still receiving limited sunlight however, and the forecast shows us that this will continue going into next week.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We have harvested much larger volumes after the past week.
Mostly cloudy days with rain and some sunlight along with warm temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 25°C – 34°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C – 19°C.
Larger volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is small/medium – medium. Ripeness is 3⁄4 colour – colour.
We have harvested much larger volumes after the past week as a result of the heat, humidity and rain we have experienced this past month. The earliest planted patch has come to the end of its harvest cycle and we are now harvesting from patches 2 and 3. The younger patches are also coming along nicely.

SA Pride - Posted by

Harvest volumes and quality have been optimal.
Mostly sunny days with fluctuating and very hot temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 22°C – 36°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C - 25°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium – medium/large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
This week has been very challenging as we manage the difficulty of fluctuating conditions and temperatures. Harvest volumes and quality have been optimal, but we are working to ensure that the plants are not overly shocked with temperatures reaching up to 36°C. Quantities should improve as the forecasted warmer weather comes in.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Harvest volumes aren’t currently where we would like them to be.
Cloudy conditions with significant showers towards the middle and end of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 16°C – 25°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 12°C – 18°C.
Harvest volumes are light.
Fruit quality and size are excellent.
Limited sunlight along with significant showers this week have continued to create a challenging time for the plants. Despite this, the plants and fruit have held up well, particularly relating to quality. Harvest volumes aren’t currently where we would like them to be, but we remain focussed on plant care in an effort to maintain healthy harvest volumes throughout this period of low sunlight.

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We are currently harvesting from patches 1 and 2.
Mostly cloudy days with fluctuating temperatures and minimal rain. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 35°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C – 19°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium. Ripeness is Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
We are currently harvesting from patches 1 and 2. We also experienced some rain (17mm) which brings our total for January to 150mm. Our final planting for the season (patch 10) was planted prior to the rain and patch 3 will need to be brought forward to harvest sooner due to the stress that the rain has created for the plants.

SA Pride - Posted by

The younger plantings are also coming along nicely.
Mostly sunny days with warmer temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 26°C – 37°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 14°C - 22°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium – medium/large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
After a brief period of smaller volumes being harvested, we are seeing much warmer conditions and in turn an increase in harvest volumes as well. The forecast shows that these warmer temperatures should continue, so we expect quality to improve further and volumes to remain consistent. The younger plantings are also coming along nicely as we can see healthy fruit set as well as thick truss and considerable space between the fruit which shows us that the fruit should be quite large in size.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Plants are displaying healthy lighter green leaves.
Mostly sunny days with some cloudy conditions and showers. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 25°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 12°C – 17°C.
Harvest volumes are consistent.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium.
Following on from last week’s suboptimal growing conditions, the plants and fruit have still held up well. Plants are displaying healthy lighter green leaves and the fruit is sizing up nicely. The focus at the moment is to ensure that this continues and improves so that we can see greater harvest volumes and quality.

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The fruit has come out in much better condition than we thought.
Mostly sunny days with fluctuating temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C – 18°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium. Ripeness is Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
We were very fortunate to miss most of the rain in the early part of the week and only received some 20mm. We were able to start harvesting on Wednesday and have now gone through both patches and cleaned them up. The fruit has come out in much better condition than we thought. Quantities should pick up over the weekend. The younger crops are looking exceptionally well.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We have performed our first harvest of the season this week.
Mostly sunny days with fluctuating temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C – 18°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Fruit quality is good. Fruit size is medium - medium large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
We have performed our first harvest of the season this week. This is a clean up pick of the first patch and as per any first pick, we are not harvesting large volumes. We have also planted patch 8 this week. We should have reasonable quantities within the next two weeks.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Overall, we are still seeing an improvement as the plants recover.
Mostly cloudy days this week with rain. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 22°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 7°C – 14°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is good. Fruit size is optimal.
This week’s conditions have still been slightly challenging and we are still feeling the effects of the previous week’s rain event and overcast conditions. Overall, we are still seeing an improvement as the plants recover and receive slightly more sunlight. Harvest volumes should pick up in the coming weeks.

SA Pride - Posted by

Quantities should remain stable over the next week.
Mostly sunny days with fluctuating temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 32°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 19°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium – medium large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
This week has been challenging with the warmer days and cooler nights. We are managing however and have also planted our final houses. The plants in houses E, F and G have received their first prune this week as well. Quantities should remain stable over the next week.

SA Pride - Posted by

New crops are showing promising signs of early development.
Mostly overcast days with sporadic rain throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 25°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 13°C - 17°C.
Harvest volumes are good.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium – medium/large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
The fluctuating temperatures and conditions from last weekend and this week have been quite the challenge to cope with. We are adjusting our irrigation strategy and managing with the limited sunlight that we have had. The new crops however, are showing promising signs of early development as they have established well in their new environment.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

50mm of rain, thunderstorms & wind provided challenges.
Mostly cloudy days this week with considerable rain and wind. Daily temperatures ranged between 19°C – 23°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C – 15°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is good. Fruit size is optimal.
We have seen a decrease in sunlight and inconsistent temperatures this week which has not helped our harvest volumes. The 50mm of rain, thunderstorms and wind certainly provided their challenges. Looking forward to the coming week, better weather is predicted and if this eventuates, harvest volumes will increase.

SA Pride - Posted by

This week we planted out the E, F and G houses.
Mostly sunny days with warm temperatures earlier in the week and significant rain towards the end of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 37°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 22°C.
Harvest volumes are good.
Fruit quality is excellent. Fruit size is medium – medium/large. Ripeness is ½ - ¾ colour.
This week we planted out the E, F and G houses, with only H remaining. Transplanting went well and we are happy with how things are shaping up in the later planted houses. We are still harvesting from the FW and A houses with the C and D houses now picking up in harvest volumes also. This weekend and next week will be challenging as 40ml of rain is forecast for Saturday along with overcast weather.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

We are harvesting larger volumes despite the limited sunlight.
Mostly cloudy days this week with consistent temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 24°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C – 14°C.
Large volumes harvested.
Quality is good. Fruit size is medium – large.
We have been very busy on the farm this week, prioritising harvest activity. As mentioned last week, we are harvesting larger volumes despite the limited sunlight that we have had this week. The weekend should see an increase in temperatures and sunlight, which will bring on larger volumes of red capsicums.