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Macadamias: good crop prospects for Australia

February 24, 2022 11:55 AM, Der AUDITOR
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CANBERRA. Initial estimates for the Australian macadamia crop 2022 indicate that high yields and good quality are expected. Weather conditions have been decidedly favourable.

Harvest begins in Australia

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has developed a climate-based forecast model that gives a first glimpse of the 2022 Australian macadamia crop. If the prediction comes true, the crop volume this year would be 54,930 mt of inshell macadamias, provided the moisture content is 3.5%. This would represent a noticeable increase over the 2021 crop, which was 51,500 mt. This model-based forecast is an early estimate and will be further refined in the coming months as harvest begins. The 2022 harvest will begin in all outstanding growing regions in the coming weeks and continue until August or September.

Young trees bear fruit earlier

According to Jolyon Burnett, CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society, the early signs for the 2022 crop are positive overall, despite some regional weather fluctuations ahead of the harvest. “The largest producing region of Bundaberg experienced excellent flowering and good falls of timely rain. Harvest is now underway in this region and nut size is looking good. On the flip side, the recent extended period of wet weather in NSW growing regions is likely to cause some challenges for pre-harvest orchard management.” Burnett adds that in many regions the younger trees are bearing fruit earlier than expected due to the excellent conditions, which contributes to the increased crop forecast.

Prices on the European spot market are mostly unchanged compared to last week. Australian macadamias, style 0 are still at EUR 18.30/kg FCA Spain.

Macadamia nuts

Type

EUR/kg

Style 0, Kenya

17.80

Style 1L, 16-20 mm, Kenya

16.20

Style 0, Australia

18.30

Style 1, Australia

17.60

Style 3, South Africa

14.70

Style 4L, South Africa

12.85

FCA Spain

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