With only a few months still away from harvest, we are looking forward to the upcoming 2021-2022 Chilean cherry season with a from-the-field update from our Vanguard Chilean team. After the challenges encountered during last season there is much anticipation for a strong cherry crop this year despite the global shipping challenges, we know we will all be facing.
The first key metric to success will be the weather this month. September is a key month in Chile due to the risk of cold weather events, so the team in Chile is keeping a very close eye on the temperatures in these important weeks.
Last season, Chile exported 352,783 tons, approximately 70mm boxes, which is 53% more volume compared with the prior 2019-2020 season. Assuming no major weather issues are had before this year’s harvest, this season’s crop estimation is approximately 400,000 tons (80mm boxes), a 12% volume increase compared to last year.
However, we need to wait until the end of September to have a better idea of the actual forecasted volumes.
Taking a look at the planted area in Chile, this year the industry has an increase of roughly 2,000 hectares for a total of 42,000 hectares. The primary planted varieties are Lapins, Santinas, and Reginas.
To date, cold hours have been tracking within normal parameters so the blossoms are looking strong and healthy.
This cherry season looks to be 7 days earlier compared with last year, which will assist us with reaching pre-sale deliveries and orders before Chinese New Year that falls on February 1, 2022.
As we head into our most critical growing period, some important points we are watching for and will continue to report on:
Earlier this year the Global Cherry Summit brought together a panel of industry leaders to tackle key matters necessary to achieve a successful cherry season. You can find that webinar here. We will continue to keep a close eye on the crop as the season progresses and will share further updates.