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SA Pride - Posted by

Slightly larger harvest volumes this week.
Cloudy conditions with considerable rain earlier in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 26°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 19°C.
Reasonable volumes harvested.
Quality is good.
Slightly larger harvest volumes this week. Volumes will continue to increase over the coming week. Fruit quality and fruit set is looking great.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

This week we will be planting the first quarter of the glass house.
Cloudy days and cooler temperatures this week with rain throughout. Daily temperatures ranged between 13°C – 21°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 5°C - 13°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
This week we will be planting the first quarter of the glass house. The current growing conditions have favoured some pest activity, which we have been monitoring and have under control with our biological spray and IPM program.

QLD Pride - Posted by

The rain that we received was a welcome change this week.
Partly cloudy days this week with warm temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 23°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 19°C - 22°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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The rain that we received was a welcome change this week, but has still continued and we remain hopeful this isn’t a consistent trend as it may impact patch 4 and 5 as the plants are still very young. Patch 6 was planted this week and patch 7 is due for planting next week if the rain dissipates as we have received over 60mm.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We experienced significant rain earlier in the week.
Cloudy conditions with cooler temperatures and rain this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 14°C – 28°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 6°C - 16°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is reasonable.
We experienced significant rain earlier in the week which has compromised our harvesting schedule. The quality of some of the fruit has been affected which will see harvest volumes decrease in the coming weeks. We are currently assessing the possibility of ending our season, in 2 weeks, rather than mid May.

SA Pride - Posted by

We have just started harvesting the new hydroponic crop.
Mostly sunny days with temperatures warming up during the end of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 14°C - 19°C.
Small volumes harvested.
Quality is good.
The current growing conditions has helped the productivity of the plants as we have just started harvesting the new hydroponic crop. Harvest volumes as per any first pick will be low and will increase as the crops mature.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

We will be transplanting the first quarter of the glass house.
Cloudy days this week with rain in the middle and end of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 21°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 3°C - 16°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
The overcast conditions have hindered the ripening process of the capsicums which has therefore lead to harvest volumes slightly dropping. Following this Easter holiday period we will be transplanting the first quarter of the glass house.

QLD Pride - Posted by

We are planting patch 6 as we speak.
Partly cloudy days with warm temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 30°C – 32°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 20°C - 24°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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We are planting patch 6 as we speak and the seedlings for this patch are looking very good. Patch 1 has started to develop its first fruit. Patch 2 and 3 are developing double trellis at the first flower set, which has validated our fertigation program and shows us that we are on track to achieve good harvest volumes once we begin picking.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We are now down to our last three patches.
Partly sunny days with cooler temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 27°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 13°C.
Large volumes harvested.
Quality is reasonable.
We have experienced challenges due to heavy dews compromising some of the fruit. We do however, remain on track and are attempting to manage these dew challenges. We are now down to our last three patches which will last until approx. mid May.

SA Pride - Posted by

Next week the hydroponic houses will come into production.
Mostly sunny days with some rainfall in the middle of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 30°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 17°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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Next week the hydroponic houses will come into production. This will take us through to the end of our season. We have also started to clean up the soil houses, which we aim by the end of July to be transplanted.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Transplanting for the winter crop has been delayed.
Overcast days this week with significant rain in the middle and end of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 16°C – 23°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 7°C - 16°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
Transplanting for the winter crop has been delayed until after Easter. Heavy rainfall and overcast conditions have slowed down plant productivity and has led us to decide to let the seedlings grow to their first flower set and then transplant.

QLD Pride - Posted by

Patch 5 is being transplanted as we speak.
Warm temperatures and sunny days this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 29°C – 33°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 22°C - 23°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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Patch 5 is being transplanted as we speak and seedlings are looking good as per our previous patches. Patch 1 and 2 are coming along well with patch 1 developing its second flower set and patch 2 developing its first flower set.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We remain busy picking and packing.
Partly cloudy days with cooler temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 26°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 14°C.
Large volumes harvested.
Quality is reasonable.
We remain busy picking and packing. The colder temperatures have slowed down the ripening process of the tomatoes and have given us a chance to catch up the plants. After Easter we will be left with the final two patches to harvest, which will take us through until mid May, capping off our season.

SA Pride - Posted by

Our soil crop is another pick or two away from being complete.
Overcast days that cleared later in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 32°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 15°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is reasonable.
Our soil crop is another pick or two away from being complete. As we prepare the hydroponic crops for their first harvest, we will experience a brief dormant period for around 2 weeks.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

First quarter of transplanting will take place in 2 weeks.
Mostly cloudy conditions this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 16°C – 22°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 6°C - 14°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
Production on the farm at the moment is slow as the current growing conditions have been challenging and have kept us busy. Two quarters of the glass house is not yet in production, but the first quarter of transplanting will take place in 2 weeks, which will take us through winter.

QLD Pride - Posted by

We have finished planting patch 4.
Very warm temperatures and high humidity this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 31°C – 35°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 18°C - 23°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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We have finished planting patch 4 and as per our schedule patch 5 will be planted this coming week. Crops are looking very healthy and strong despite the challenges of extreme heat and high humidity. We have been monitoring the nursery and different stages of seedling germination to ensure that the current conditions do not hinder the plantings.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

Affected crops have been cleaned up.
Warmer daily temperatures with cool overnight temperatures and heavy dews. Daily temperatures ranged between 19°C – 28°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 11°C - 13°C.
Large volumes harvested.
Quality is good.
Conditions are much drier now and affected crops have been cleaned up. We have also ensured that we are prepared for such conditions if they return.

SA Pride - Posted by

We are heading towards the end of the current crop.
Mostly sunny days with slight winds this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 16°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is reasonable.
We are heading towards the end of the current crop that is in production. The latest plantings are looking good and should be ready for their first harvest in 2 to 3 weeks.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

The first half of the glasshouse has been cleaned out.
Cloudy conditions this week with slight showers. Daily temperatures ranged between 15°C – 22°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 15°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
The first half of the glasshouse has been cleaned out and seedlings will be transplanted shortly. The second half of the glasshouse will soon follow as we are currently sowing the seeds.

QLD Pride - Posted by

The plants on patch 1 and 2 are looking very strong.
Sunny conditions this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 27°C – 32°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 18°C - 24°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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The plants on patch 1 and 2 are looking very strong and are off to a good start considering that they are growing in very hot conditions. We are about to complete transplanting patch 3, with patch 4 hopefully following soon after, with weather permitting.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We will soon begin harvesting from patch 9.
Sunny days with considerable rain in the middle of the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 30°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 13°C - 16°C.
Large volumes harvested.
Quality is good.
We have had a very busy week of harvesting and packing. Quality has improved after we cleaned up the fruit that was affected by the rain that we experienced a few weeks ago. We will soon begin harvesting from patch 9, which is our final patch of the season.