Published: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
We are less than 3 weeks away from starting our 2018 harvest, and things couldn’t be better here in the San Joaquin Valley. We have had a great spring, which brought us much needed rain here in the valley and snow in the mountains, sunshine to grow our fruit and pump them full of sugar, but also cooler temperatures than what we have experienced the past couple of years. We have started earlier than “normal” (whatever that is I don’t know) the past 3 years, but I like to just compare dates to last year. It appears that we will be a week or so behind start dates of 2017. This isn’t always a bad thing, as it allows the fruit a bit more time on the tree and hopefully will size to our likening.
We know there has been some concern from the freeze we had in February, but it appears to have only affected 1 or 2 varieties and it doesn’t appear to be catastrophic. We are beginning to see some plums and plumcots out in the field as well. They traditionally are the last commodity to really shed their jacket and can be difficult to see because of their dark color and the amount of leaves on the tree. Initially we thought they may be a bit lite, but as of this moment we believe there is a very nice plum and plumcot crop in the fields.
One of the most important things we look at this time of year is the number of “chill hours” or dormancy we have had during the winter months. These chill hours are a very important number as it generally plays a key part in the quality of our fruit!
|Ideal Chill Hours:
|2017 Chill Hours:
|2018 Chill Hours:
We are very pleased at how things look and are progressing in the fields and are excited to get things going. We will have updates for you from the field all year, so look for your Mountain View and Summeripe fruit coming to you very soon.