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California: Crop situation as of 9 October

12/10/2021 - François-Xavier Branthôme - 2021 Season
For week fifteen ending October 9th, PTAB is estimating 472,698 metric tonnes (mT) (521,060 short tons, sT) will have been delivered to the factories; another 240,869 mT (265,513 sT) are expected to be harvested in week sixteen which ends October 16th. Provisional total (9,583,535 mT) at this date would still be almost 8% lower than the average quantity processed during past three seasons at this time (10,451,865 mT). According to Westconfoods, “the following week ending Oct. 23 should be very minimal because there will only be 1-2 factories left running.”

The 2021 California Organic Crop has remained unchanged at 560,075 mT (617,377 sT), now close to 6.3% 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.

PTAB figures for week ending October 2 state that 389,357 loads were delivered to date (27,054 less loads delivered in 2021 than in 2020), of which 47% were delivered in the Southern region (and 32% in the North), with YTD solids reaching 5.26 compared to 5.22 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 16 to just above 95% of the official target of the season (10.07 million mT or 11.1 million sT). 


Sources: Westcon Foods, PTAB
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