“A particularly dry and cold winter” has negatively affected South American crop production, with report after report surfacing citing persistent, anomalously cold as the reason for shocking declines in output.
Chile is looking at a 9% year-on-year drop in total citrus exports, according to the Chilean Citrus Committee. Breaking down the numbers, the country is expecting a 14% dip in mandarin exports. Clementines will likely fall 19% year-on-year. While oranges are forecast to see an 8% drop.
The Committee now expects total citrus exports to be just 327,000 metric tons (Mt) this season, with its president, Juan Enrique Ortúzar attributing the fall to adverse weather condition and an off-bearing year: “It has been a particularly dry and cold winter, which affected fruit set,” he explained.
Also coming out are reports of the poor Peruvian asparagus season — an already slow start has now been halted altogether by biting cold in the growing regions. According to a www.freshplaza.com article, the typical volumes that normally make their way to markets at this time of year have not yet been realized, and suppliers are simply waiting for warmer weather so that volume will improve.
Fabian Sojos of Farm Direct Supply in Fort Lauderdale, said: “We are supposed to be starting out of Peru now, out of the southern Ica region. Normally, this region produces heavy volumes at this time of year, but a spell of cold weather has resulted in a slow start. We are waiting for more volume as the current supply is insufficient to meet demand.”
In addition, and pushing a little further north across a few borders and into southern New Mexico, chili farmers are also blaming their dire harvest on chilly conditions.
Alonso Grajeda, of Grajeda Farms says a brutal cold snap early in the season meant that he had to replant his entire chili field, delaying the growth of his crops by at least three weeks.
Duane Gillis, of nearby Gillis Farms says his chilies are faring a little better, but are still some two weeks behind schedule.
And looking forward, South America’s biting cold isn’t set to lift anytime soon, particularly for central and southern nations such as Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, plus SE Brazil.
Latest GFS-runs indicate the cold could extend from today, Sept 04 right through until at least Sept 13.
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (for SEPT 04)
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar output.
Prepare — by growing your own.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift