Chile: Heat could intensify blueberry volumes
The season in the South-Central Zone is coming to an end, while the most important variety is starting to be harvested in the South Zone, as pickings of Elliot began last week.
Harvest of this variety continues progressively, though high temperatures could cause a concentration of fruit. This situation will be monitored during the following week in order to determine if the exports dynamics must be readjusted. If that is the case, the season could end earlier than last year.
Exports reached levels similar to last week during Week 3, totaling 4,500 tons. Accumulated volumes to date reach 47,700 tons, being 0.5% lower than the estimate. From next week onward, harvest will be focused on Rabbiteye varieties in the South-Central Zone, while Brigitta and Legacy would start nearing their end in the South Zone.
Meanwhile, Elliot would become significant starting February. The heat differential remains stable regarding previous weeks in the South- Central Zone, which has led to an adequate harvest progression of Rabbiteye varieties, which currently represent the most significant volumes.
In the South Zone, the heat accumulation difference remains 30%, 23% and 26% higher than last year, on average, in the IX, XIV and X Regions, respectively. Hence, harvest maintains an active pace in regions where the degree-days accumulation has increased, while rather moderate activity is seen in the Region of Los Rios (XIV).