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Over the next few days we will be performing our first harvest.
We have almost finished our first round picking in the hydro houses and we will begin replanting them by the end of January. The later crops are performing well with good quality and size tomatoes. We are anticipating a brief period of slightly lower plant productivity due to the overcast and rainy days that are forecast over the weekend.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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On Wednesday we planted patch 8 which was our final planting of the season. Over the next few days we will be performing our first harvest for the season with smaller harvest volumes to be expected. We remain mindful of the forecast rainfall and possible storms, but for the most part they have not affected our region and we are hopeful this remains.

SA Pride - Posted by

Warmer weather will help bring the fruit on.
Sunny days with warmer temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 23°C – 33°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 15°C.
Less volumes harvested.
Quality is excellent.
Warmer weather expected over the long break will help bring the fruit on. Quantities should pick up as well going into the New Year.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Thankfully the weather conditions are improving day by day.
Mostly sunny, with overcast conditions and very little showers this week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 23°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 14°C.
Larger volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
Thankfully the weather conditions are improving day by day. This has been a great help in achieving larger harvest volumes compared to the previous weeks. We are still some ways off from where we had forecast to be, but are well placed to be harvesting consistently larger volumes.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We will be performing our first harvest within three weeks.
Mostly sunny days with warmer temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 33°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 16°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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As we monitor the mature patches, we forecast that we will be performing our first harvest within the next three weeks. The weather conditions and daily temperatures have consistently improved as some days have reached above 30°C. The nights however, are still cold which has hindered the tomatoes from mature at quicker pace. Between Christmas and New Years we will plant patch 8 and after this we will have only patch 9 to plant for the rest of the season.

SA Pride - Posted by

Volumes should increase coming into Christmas and the New Year.
Mostly sunny days with warmer temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 38°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 18°C.
Less volumes harvested.
Quality is excellent.
Volumes were down this week due to the much cooler nights than had been anticipated. Fruit is slow to mature as a consequence. With warmer weather being predicted, volumes should increase coming into Christmas and the New Year.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

We anticipate for harvest volumes to once again increase.
Mostly sunny, with overcast conditions and showers later in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 19°C – 24°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 14°C.
Larger volumes harvested.
Quality is very good.
This week’s warmer temperatures and greater sunlight has helped increase the productivity of the plants. As we observe the forecast over the weekend we may see a small drop in harvest volumes as we receive cooler conditions. Over the Christmas period however, we anticipate for harvest volumes to once again increase.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

The later plantings are looking promising.
Mostly sunny days with warmer temperatures earlier in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 23°C – 35°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 19°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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As we monitor the earlier plantings we can see that we experienced a challenging start to the season, particularly with respect to the fluctuating weather conditions that we received. These earlier plantings have remained unpicked for longer than we had anticipated, which has caused some of the tomatoes to have a compromised shape. The later plantings are looking promising as they have not been exposed to large amounts of stress which will in turn give us larger harvest volumes and better quality.

SA Pride - Posted by

We are still on track to harvest the later plantings in 2 weeks.
Mostly sunny with colder temperatures throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 20°C – 35°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 17°C.
Harvest volumes are small.
Quality is good.
The colder temperatures throughout the week have hindered the productivity of the plants, which has slowed down our harvesting schedule. Looking at the forecast however, daily temperatures are set to increase which will assist us in achieving larger harvest volumes. We are still on track to harvest the later plantings in 2 weeks as previously mentioned.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Quantities will increase & quality should also pick up even further.
Mostly sunny, with some overcast days later in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 21°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 7°C - 14°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Quality is very good.
With warmer weather on the way, quantities will increase and quality should also pick up even further.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

Tomorrow we will be planting patch 6.
Mostly sunny days with scattered showers throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 18°C – 28°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 14°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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Tomorrow we will be planting patch 6 and harvesting of the earlier patches should begin after the New Year. We do anticipate to see some minimal scaring on the tomatoes due to the fluctuating weather that we have experienced so far this season.

SA Pride - Posted by

The younger plantations are coming along well.
Mostly sunny days throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 22°C – 33°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 9°C - 18°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Quality is good.
The cooler conditions that we previously experienced have slowed down the productivity of the plants which has led to lower harvest volumes. The younger plantations however, are coming along well and will be ready for harvest within three weeks which will see a huge increase.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

We are adjusting our fertigation strategy and program.
Mostly sunny days this week, with some humidity and late showers. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 22°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 7°C - 14°C.
Harvest volumes are light at the moment.
Quality is good.
We have experienced better conditions this week, but due to the previous colder days and nights the plants are in hibernation. This has led to capsicums not maturing as quickly as we had hoped, but we are adjusting our fertigation strategy and program in order to alleviate this issue.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We are pleased with how our planted patches are progressing.
Some sunny days with humidity and storms eventuating later in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 22°C – 33°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 6°C - 16°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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At the moment we are pleased with how our planted patches are progressing. This week we will complete planting patch 5 which should occur over the weekend. Patch 6 will then be planted in 2 weeks. As we assess the first patches and observe the size and maturity of the tomatoes, we can see that we should begin harvesting in approximately 4 weeks.

SA Pride - Posted by

Our harvest volumes have remained consistent.
Cloudy days with significant showers eventuating throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 22°C – 28°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 17°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Quality is good.
Our harvest volumes have remained consistent despite the current weather conditions. We should be harvesting larger volumes, but due to the current conditions we are being held back. A few warmer days are being predicted for next week. If this eventuates our volumes will increase substantially.

Tassie Pride - Posted by

The cold temperatures and overcast days are persisting.
Overcast days this week, with showers and colder temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 23°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 13°C.
Harvest volumes are light at the moment.
Quality is good.
The cold temperatures and overcast days are persisting and are slowing down the productivity of our plants. At the moment, plant health and fruit quality are well managed, but with warmer temperatures and greater sunlight we hope to see harvest volumes increase soon.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

This week we managed to plant patch 4.
Humid and cloudy conditions with showers throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 21°C – 26°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 8°C - 17°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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This week we managed to plant patch 4 despite the less than ideal weather conditions. With last week’s wind and rain slightly easing we have been able to fertigate and closely manage plant and fruit health.

SA Pride - Posted by

Our harvest volumes are gradually increasing.
Overcast days with scattered showers eventuating throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 31°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 10°C - 21°C.
Harvest volumes are reasonable.
Quality is good.
Our harvest volumes are gradually increasing as more houses come into production. The overcast days and showers have provided some challenges which are being managed and contained well. We are hopeful that the better weather being forecast will increase our harvest volumes. All houses will be in full production within the next four weeks

Tassie Pride - Posted by

Harvest volumes however, are on the increase.
Overcast days this week, with showers and colder temperatures. Daily temperatures ranged between 13°C – 19°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 3°C - 11°C.
Harvest volumes are light at the moment.
Quality is good.
Unfortunately, the weather is still overcast and cold; so much so that parts of Tasmania have had snow. Managing this is currently our priority as we need to regulate internal temperatures and humidity levels in the houses to avoid any disease and maintain plant and capsicum health. Harvest volumes however, are on the increase.

Gillieston Fresh Produce - Posted by

We are monitoring the soil and crop moisture.
Windy conditions with showers throughout the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 16°C – 26°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 2°C - 11°C.
Currently, we are not harvesting.
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The strong winds and rain that have eventuated this week are knocking the plants and tomatoes around. We are monitoring the soil and crop moisture in order for us to tend to the patches as soon as possible to apply folia fertiliser in order to maintain plant health and tomato quality.

SA Pride - Posted by

This week we begun harvesting the soil crop.
Cloudy days with showers later in the week. Daily temperatures ranged between 17°C – 28°C. Overnight temperatures ranged between 7°C - 14°C.
Smaller volumes harvested.
Quality is good.
This week we begun harvesting the soil crop. Harvest volumes for the coming weeks are still set to increase as we have had many cold and overcast days, which has slowed down the productivity of the plants.