NEW – Pistachio growers say (2016) harvest is going nuts from good weather and better farming practice.
Chris Joyce discussing harvesting and the new season with Emma Brown.
It is a bumper year for pistachios with some growers reporting the best “off-year” crop they have ever seen.
The majority of the nation’s pistachio crop is grown along the Murray River in southern New South Wales, north-western Victoria, and South Australia.
Grower and processor Chris Joyce from Kyalite said the quality of this year’s harvest was exceptional.
“Pistachios are an alternate-bearing crop, they have a very big crop and then they have a smaller crop, this year should have been one of the lower crops,” he said.
“This is without question the best off crop we have ever seen; the quality of this year’s crop is absolutely extraordinary.
“We have low percentages of closed shell nuts and low percentages of damaged nuts on the tree and the yields are well above what we would have ever expected to achieve in an off crop, so this is a good year.”
Industry could grow to meet domestic demand
The low staining and high yields should mean better returns for growers who are paid on quality and quantity.
Chris Joyce said he was expanding his plantings and was aware of other producers doing the same.
He said the industry was growing gradually and there was no risk of domestic oversupply.
“I have seen the crop go from being a very specific specialty crop with a total crop of a few hundred tonnes being consumed in Australia,” he said.
“Now it’s a mainstream product that you can now buy in the major supermarkets.
“Currently Australia is only growing about half of what we consume so we think that very simply we could double production and continue to satisfy the Australian market.”
The finished product, packaged pistachios wait to be trucked to supermarkets. Photo courtesy of ABC Emma Brown.
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For the week ending 12 October 2011, rainfall was mostly recorded in eastern Australia. The highest measured total for the week was 92 millimetres at Mt Read on the West Coast of Tasmania. Recent rainfall will benefit crops and pastures in southern New South Wales and Victoria, particularly where short term rainfall deficiencies exist.
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