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California: Crop situation as of 2 October

05/10/2021 - François-Xavier Branthôme - 2021 Season
For week fourteen ending October 2nd, PTAB is estimating 667,218 metric tonnes (mT) (735,482 short tons, sT) will have been delivered to the factories; another 477,319 mT (526,154 sT) are estimated to be harvested in week fifteen which ends October 9th. Provisional total (9,342,290 mT) at this date would still be almost 10% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (10,380,438 mT), “with another week (possibly two) of limited tons before pack is complete”. 

The 2021 California Organic Crop has remained unchanged at 560,075 mT (617,377 sT), now less than 7% of the total delivered quantities. Provisional total is 19% higher than in 2020 on the same date and 32% higher than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time. “2021 is officially the second largest organic crop on record preceding last year organic crop of 477,256 mT (526,085 sT). It’s unclear if this is the final number for 2021 pack”.

PTAB figures for week ending September 25 state that 358,377 loads were delivered to date (27,737 less loads delivered in 2021 than in 2020), of which 49% were delivered in the Southern region (and 32% in the North), with YTD solids reaching 5.28 compared to 5.24 for the same time period in the 2020 season, or 0.04 higher.

Taking the current figures into consideration, quantities being harvested will bring the provisional processed total on October 9 to close to 93% of the new official target of the season (10.07 million mT or 11.1 million sT). 

Source: Westcon Foods, PTAB
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