The week that was, 27/02/2021

  • The week that was,
  • I sat thought a Zespri preseason presentation. There appears to be a lot of changing coming in the area of packaging. The change is being driven in part by customer demand and commercial tension, of being, left behind as a business. A good example being https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-14/unilever-to-cut-emissions-to-zero-by-2039-adopt-carbon-labeling
  • The G4 directors met with the Zespri Exec on Wednesday. Key points being;
  • Maersk are on track to have their first carbon neutral vessel by 2024.
  • Zespri is concerned about the flow of HW during the peak weeks of G3 harvest.
  • There is on going discussion about the Covid protocol requirements for the Chinese market in 2021.
  • We completed the avocado export harvest season this week.
  • Our highest yielding orchard this season was Wade and Katherine Evan’s orchard on Manoeka Rd, at 37.9 tonne/ ha.

Ngā mihi nui,

James Trevelyan

A thought.

Normality is a paved road.

It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.

Vincent van Gogh

The week that was, 19/02/2021

  • We remain cautiously optimistic with the level of staff applying for jobs. We have had 3123 enquiries to date.
  • On Monday we submitted our second estimate to Zespri. Our estimate has gone up, due to what we believe is, an increase in fruit size and a reduction in rejects. Sum of all the suppliers totals are:

a. G3          99,800,000 trays
b. G3OB       2,187,204 trays
c. HW          74,606,681 trays
d. HWOB       3,098,707 trays
e. HE1CK          268,004 trays

Total         179,961,184 trays

The demand for avocados domestically dropped away this week as Auckland went to level 3.  However, demand is slowly improving.

Hei konā

James Trevelyan

A thought,
The earth has music for those who listen.
W Shakespeare

The week that was, 12/02/2021

  1. It was a concern to read in the Herald this week, that two fish processing plants owned by Stanford’s and Sealord’s have had their export license to China suspend. The two companies failed a video audit for not complying to the required GACC (Chinese MPI equivalent) Covid protocols. The audit failures have sent many business seeking clarification, one being Zespri. We await the outcome of these conversations.
  2. Best wishes to our two staff members, Katherine Bell and Jessica Matheson who are competing in the bop young grower competition next week.
  3. We continue to work with the two councils, and the main contractor, to minimise the closure of one lane at the bottom of number 1 road.
  4. Our avocado shed committee met with AVOCO this week to discuss the end of season, fruit quality and planning for next season.
  5. We are packing avocados on Saturday.  We expect our export harvest to finish on Monday.  We will then take a break for a short while before starting packing in Shed 0 for local market.

Noho ora mai,

James Trevelyan

A thought,

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But when you listen, you may learn something new.
Dalai Lama

The week that was, 06/02/2021

    1. At this week’s ISG meeting, Zespri has outlined, that they will do a reality check on the 22nd of Feb, to whether the replacement for the Eurofins harvest software will be ready for harvest. If it isn’t the Industry will need to revert to the same process as last year, ie the taste payments will be pooled. I understand they are working hard in this space.
    2. There will be industry discussion on whether G3 39’s should be Non Standard Supply for the 2022 season. This would result in Zespri procuring G3 39’s based on demand signals.
    3. There was a discussion paper put to ISG, to review both the G3 and HW submit payments. These payments have not been reviewed in 10 years. The paper will need further ISG discussion, but will form part of a recommendation to the February industry forums.
    4. We are packing avocados on Saturday, as we get towards the end of the export packing season.  After today we have around 500 bins left to pick for export.

    Noho ora mai,

    James Trevelyan

    A thought,

    Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

 

The week that was, 29/01/2021

  1. In regards to Crop Estimates, we are aware that the current fruit counts available on the Grower Portal are not accurate due to the need of an “adjustment factor”. Once we have completed the fruit counts, we will apply an adjustment factor to individual results. This will then update your respective estimate by variety on the Grower portal. We will inform you when this has been applied.
  2. Those affected by the closure of one lane at the bottom of number 1 road, met at Trevelyan’s on Wednesday night. The closure will mean any one coming up number 1 road, that include Edgehill place, will need to drive up number 1 road and down number 2 to return back to the main road. Western bay, Tauranga City Council and Smythe contractors presented to the affected parties. It was an unfortunate display in public relations. I am hoping we can work with the associated parties to minimize the effects to the start of the season.
  3. We paid the Dec 1 pool for avocados this week, best returns were $28.10 for large Class 2 fruit size 16.
  4. We have observed that when ground picking avo’s with an old style canvas picking bags. The chance of causing lenticel damage is high. You are best to use a bucket type bag.

Ngā mihi nui,

jt,

A thought,

No problem canbe solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein.

 

The week that was, 22/01/2020

The (first) week that was (for 2021);

  1. We started our kiwifruit counting last week, and will be using our optical counting machine to collect data for the majority of the orchards. Please note that we start very early in the morning and will run through until late in the night.
  2. Our KiwiGreen teams also started monitoring last week, adhering to the new Zespri requirements for China (which include scale, leafroller, wheat bug and mealybug).
  3. This year we will be packing the Red cultivar for Zespri, along with 1 other supplier. It is the last year of pre-commercial trials before being commercialised next season.
  4. NZ Avocado are hosting a Women in Horticulture event next week. It will be attended by Hon Jan Tinetti, Minister for Women and Minister of Internal Affairs, to support and celebrate women in the horticulture sector. Spaces are limited, so please register via the link below.
  5. We are packing avocados this Sunday to meet our export flowplan. We have around 3 weeks of export avocados to go and then will move into local market packing.

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2021, Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Tauranga Club, Level 5, Devonport Towers 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga 3110 Register to attend here

Have a good weekend.

Steve

 

“Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”
–Seth Godin

The week that was, 18/12/2020

Last week I referred to “the more inputs, the more risk”. The comment refers to what we had found in the past with Acadian, stimplex and urea. Also, this year, in general the short keeping group put more foliars on the orchards than the long keepers.

  1. At TGL this week the pool split for G3 and G3OB were moved to 50/50 split, inline with all the other pools bar HECK which is 100% direct.
  2. It is a big welcome to our two new associate TGL directors Joga Singh and Heather Hawkey and a big thank you to Kaspar Beech for his input over his term.
  3. Today we had a meeting with a group of growers on a high density avocado orchard in Opotiki. MPI attended as well and offered some insights into how government is prepared to offer assistance to growers to understand regenerative farming systems.
  4. We have been fortunate enough to receive support from our key suppliers to enable us to have pre-Christmas prize draw (eg. Big screen TV). Next Tuesday we will put all growers names in a hat, and draw out the winners. More details to follow next week.

This will the last week that was before next year. Thank you so much for everyone’s support, please take care and look after those around you.

Ngā mihi, 

James Trevelyan

Athought,

Only dead fish go with the flow.

The week that was, 11/12/20

 

  1. At the avocado field day this week, we looked and tasted two new varieties of greenskin avocados, bred by the Grey family. The market opportunity for this fruit is in NZ and in the late autumn local market period.
  2. Next week we will be picking and packing as much Avocados as possible, to build inventory prior to the Christmas period.
  3. Mike Knowles, the shipping manager at Zespri, gave G4 a presentations of the current shipping challenges that the industry may have to grapple with. Zespri has the ability to order refer ships at the start of the season to take the pressure off the container ships if there was a shortage of refrigerated containers. The lead time to do so would be eight weeks.
  4. We had the annual coolstore review mid-week. The best storage results came from the following;

a. G3,

  • Harvested at the right time.
  • New crops shipped fast.
  • The more inputs, the more risk.

b. Hayward

  • Harvested at the right time.
  • Less girdles.
  • The more inputs, the more risk.

Hei konā,

James Trevelyan

A thought,

Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

The week that was, 4/12/2020

 

  1. Mid-week we had to put in an expression of interest for obtaining an allocation of the 2000 RSE workers that Government recently announced, as being available to the horticulture and viticulture sectors this coming season. The sectors responded with needs in excess of 6000 workers. I’m am hearted to read, in the following link, that Central Otago appears to have plenty of workers.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12387495
  2. I attended the Organic Management Committee meeting at Zespri on Thursday. The COKA reps delivered the message that “taste was paramount at any cost to the Organic category” so would not be supporting the capping of taste.
  3. Well done to Graham and Heather Aldridge who took out the NZ avocado award for top producing orchard for last season, their orchard is on No 3 road in Te Puke.
  4. We are continually running avocado’s under the NIR heads, in an effort to understand the internal quality of the fruit we are putting in trays.

 

A thought

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.

The week that was, 27/11/2020

 

  1. Thanks to all Growers for the prompt reply to Trevelyan’s PMC Agreements – We have 1,100+ hectares registered for the KiwiGreen pest monitoring programme to date.
  2. Trevelyan’s End of Storage Season Review is planned for 10.30am, Wednesday the 9th of December. A formal invitation will follow next week.
  3. We are packing Avocados again on the weekend to make sure we meet export and local market flowplans. 
  4. The Avocado team are planning a field day for Wednesday 9th December, in the afternoon. More details to be circulated next week. 
  5. As local market avocado volumes increase in the marketplace we continue to see great value being achieved for our retail programs.
  6. Bayfarms online is a running a Black Friday Special, so check out their website and purchase some great value fruit at www.bayfarms.net.nz

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

The week that was, 20/11/2020

 

  1. The capping of G3 TZG was undertaken to make for a simplistic out come for all. However as the details of the decision are being understood, you would have to wonder if the changes are creating more issues than solving prior problems.
  2. At the TGL AGM on Wednesday, Paul Hickson asked, if there are interesting speakers coming to TGL, that other growers also get to listen to them. We will work with TGL to make this happen.
  3. Please remember to complete your Orchard KiwiGreen Pest Monitoring Centre Agreement form. Trevelyan’s is currently planning and training staff to complete the required Pest Monitoring process. Can you please return the completed agreement, so we can plan and process the volume of hectarage required.
  4. Over the past 7 days we have picked 1216 bins of avocados.  This has equated to over 46,000 trays of avocados, or around 9% of our total crop estimate.  Thanks to all our growers and contractors for helping make this happen.  We are packing again on Saturday.

 

A thought,

It’s the will, not the skill.

The week that was, 13/11/2020

 

  1. We shipped our last export kiwifruit for the season during the week. This concludes a very successful season for us where our fruit loss has been significantly lower than the industry for both HW and G3 varieties in both Conventional and Organic categories.
  2. We have sent in validation of harvest dates to Zespri for kiwifruit packed in week 13/14. We are expecting many of the grower claims will result in an increase in their kiwistart rates.
  3. We are back into avocado picking again, and are packing both days on the weekend to make up for the time lost earlier in the week due to weather.  Over the next 7 days we expect to harvest around 1300 bins of avocados.
  4. We have paid the September 2 pool for avocados.  The best returns were $29.96 per tray for large Class 2 fruit.

 

A thought,

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

The week that was, 19/02/2021

  • We remain cautiously optimistic with the level of staff applying for jobs. We have had 3123 enquiries to date.
  • On Monday we submitted our second estimate to Zespri. Our estimate has gone up, due to what we believe is, an increase in fruit size and a reduction in rejects. Sum of all the suppliers totals are:

a. G3          99,800,000 trays
b. G3OB       2,187,204 trays
c. HW          74,606,681 trays
d. HWOB       3,098,707 trays
e. HE1CK          268,004 trays

Total         179,961,184 trays

The demand for avocados domestically dropped away this week as Auckland went to level 3.  However, demand is slowly improving.

Hei konā

James Trevelyan

A thought,
The earth has music for those who listen.
W Shakespeare

The week that was, 12/02/2021

  1. It was a concern to read in the Herald this week, that two fish processing plants owned by Stanford’s and Sealord’s have had their export license to China suspend. The two companies failed a video audit for not complying to the required GACC (Chinese MPI equivalent) Covid protocols. The audit failures have sent many business seeking clarification, one being Zespri. We await the outcome of these conversations.
  2. Best wishes to our two staff members, Katherine Bell and Jessica Matheson who are competing in the bop young grower competition next week.
  3. We continue to work with the two councils, and the main contractor, to minimise the closure of one lane at the bottom of number 1 road.
  4. Our avocado shed committee met with AVOCO this week to discuss the end of season, fruit quality and planning for next season.
  5. We are packing avocados on Saturday.  We expect our export harvest to finish on Monday.  We will then take a break for a short while before starting packing in Shed 0 for local market.

Noho ora mai,

James Trevelyan

A thought,

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But when you listen, you may learn something new.
Dalai Lama

The week that was, 06/02/2021

    1. At this week’s ISG meeting, Zespri has outlined, that they will do a reality check on the 22nd of Feb, to whether the replacement for the Eurofins harvest software will be ready for harvest. If it isn’t the Industry will need to revert to the same process as last year, ie the taste payments will be pooled. I understand they are working hard in this space.
    2. There will be industry discussion on whether G3 39’s should be Non Standard Supply for the 2022 season. This would result in Zespri procuring G3 39’s based on demand signals.
    3. There was a discussion paper put to ISG, to review both the G3 and HW submit payments. These payments have not been reviewed in 10 years. The paper will need further ISG discussion, but will form part of a recommendation to the February industry forums.
    4. We are packing avocados on Saturday, as we get towards the end of the export packing season.  After today we have around 500 bins left to pick for export.

    Noho ora mai,

    James Trevelyan

    A thought,

    Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

 

The week that was, 29/01/2021

  1. In regards to Crop Estimates, we are aware that the current fruit counts available on the Grower Portal are not accurate due to the need of an “adjustment factor”. Once we have completed the fruit counts, we will apply an adjustment factor to individual results. This will then update your respective estimate by variety on the Grower portal. We will inform you when this has been applied.
  2. Those affected by the closure of one lane at the bottom of number 1 road, met at Trevelyan’s on Wednesday night. The closure will mean any one coming up number 1 road, that include Edgehill place, will need to drive up number 1 road and down number 2 to return back to the main road. Western bay, Tauranga City Council and Smythe contractors presented to the affected parties. It was an unfortunate display in public relations. I am hoping we can work with the associated parties to minimize the effects to the start of the season.
  3. We paid the Dec 1 pool for avocados this week, best returns were $28.10 for large Class 2 fruit size 16.
  4. We have observed that when ground picking avo’s with an old style canvas picking bags. The chance of causing lenticel damage is high. You are best to use a bucket type bag.

Ngā mihi nui,

jt,

A thought,

No problem canbe solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein.

 

The week that was, 22/01/2020

The (first) week that was (for 2021);

  1. We started our kiwifruit counting last week, and will be using our optical counting machine to collect data for the majority of the orchards. Please note that we start very early in the morning and will run through until late in the night.
  2. Our KiwiGreen teams also started monitoring last week, adhering to the new Zespri requirements for China (which include scale, leafroller, wheat bug and mealybug).
  3. This year we will be packing the Red cultivar for Zespri, along with 1 other supplier. It is the last year of pre-commercial trials before being commercialised next season.
  4. NZ Avocado are hosting a Women in Horticulture event next week. It will be attended by Hon Jan Tinetti, Minister for Women and Minister of Internal Affairs, to support and celebrate women in the horticulture sector. Spaces are limited, so please register via the link below.
  5. We are packing avocados this Sunday to meet our export flowplan. We have around 3 weeks of export avocados to go and then will move into local market packing.

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2021, Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Tauranga Club, Level 5, Devonport Towers 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga 3110 Register to attend here

Have a good weekend.

Steve

 

“Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”
–Seth Godin

The week that was, 18/12/2020

Last week I referred to “the more inputs, the more risk”. The comment refers to what we had found in the past with Acadian, stimplex and urea. Also, this year, in general the short keeping group put more foliars on the orchards than the long keepers.

  1. At TGL this week the pool split for G3 and G3OB were moved to 50/50 split, inline with all the other pools bar HECK which is 100% direct.
  2. It is a big welcome to our two new associate TGL directors Joga Singh and Heather Hawkey and a big thank you to Kaspar Beech for his input over his term.
  3. Today we had a meeting with a group of growers on a high density avocado orchard in Opotiki. MPI attended as well and offered some insights into how government is prepared to offer assistance to growers to understand regenerative farming systems.
  4. We have been fortunate enough to receive support from our key suppliers to enable us to have pre-Christmas prize draw (eg. Big screen TV). Next Tuesday we will put all growers names in a hat, and draw out the winners. More details to follow next week.

This will the last week that was before next year. Thank you so much for everyone’s support, please take care and look after those around you.

Ngā mihi, 

James Trevelyan

Athought,

Only dead fish go with the flow.

The week that was, 11/12/20

 

  1. At the avocado field day this week, we looked and tasted two new varieties of greenskin avocados, bred by the Grey family. The market opportunity for this fruit is in NZ and in the late autumn local market period.
  2. Next week we will be picking and packing as much Avocados as possible, to build inventory prior to the Christmas period.
  3. Mike Knowles, the shipping manager at Zespri, gave G4 a presentations of the current shipping challenges that the industry may have to grapple with. Zespri has the ability to order refer ships at the start of the season to take the pressure off the container ships if there was a shortage of refrigerated containers. The lead time to do so would be eight weeks.
  4. We had the annual coolstore review mid-week. The best storage results came from the following;

a. G3,

  • Harvested at the right time.
  • New crops shipped fast.
  • The more inputs, the more risk.

b. Hayward

  • Harvested at the right time.
  • Less girdles.
  • The more inputs, the more risk.

Hei konā,

James Trevelyan

A thought,

Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

The week that was, 4/12/2020

 

  1. Mid-week we had to put in an expression of interest for obtaining an allocation of the 2000 RSE workers that Government recently announced, as being available to the horticulture and viticulture sectors this coming season. The sectors responded with needs in excess of 6000 workers. I’m am hearted to read, in the following link, that Central Otago appears to have plenty of workers.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12387495
  2. I attended the Organic Management Committee meeting at Zespri on Thursday. The COKA reps delivered the message that “taste was paramount at any cost to the Organic category” so would not be supporting the capping of taste.
  3. Well done to Graham and Heather Aldridge who took out the NZ avocado award for top producing orchard for last season, their orchard is on No 3 road in Te Puke.
  4. We are continually running avocado’s under the NIR heads, in an effort to understand the internal quality of the fruit we are putting in trays.

 

A thought

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.

The week that was, 27/11/2020

 

  1. Thanks to all Growers for the prompt reply to Trevelyan’s PMC Agreements – We have 1,100+ hectares registered for the KiwiGreen pest monitoring programme to date.
  2. Trevelyan’s End of Storage Season Review is planned for 10.30am, Wednesday the 9th of December. A formal invitation will follow next week.
  3. We are packing Avocados again on the weekend to make sure we meet export and local market flowplans. 
  4. The Avocado team are planning a field day for Wednesday 9th December, in the afternoon. More details to be circulated next week. 
  5. As local market avocado volumes increase in the marketplace we continue to see great value being achieved for our retail programs.
  6. Bayfarms online is a running a Black Friday Special, so check out their website and purchase some great value fruit at www.bayfarms.net.nz

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

The week that was, 20/11/2020

 

  1. The capping of G3 TZG was undertaken to make for a simplistic out come for all. However as the details of the decision are being understood, you would have to wonder if the changes are creating more issues than solving prior problems.
  2. At the TGL AGM on Wednesday, Paul Hickson asked, if there are interesting speakers coming to TGL, that other growers also get to listen to them. We will work with TGL to make this happen.
  3. Please remember to complete your Orchard KiwiGreen Pest Monitoring Centre Agreement form. Trevelyan’s is currently planning and training staff to complete the required Pest Monitoring process. Can you please return the completed agreement, so we can plan and process the volume of hectarage required.
  4. Over the past 7 days we have picked 1216 bins of avocados.  This has equated to over 46,000 trays of avocados, or around 9% of our total crop estimate.  Thanks to all our growers and contractors for helping make this happen.  We are packing again on Saturday.

 

A thought,

It’s the will, not the skill.

The week that was, 13/11/2020

 

  1. We shipped our last export kiwifruit for the season during the week. This concludes a very successful season for us where our fruit loss has been significantly lower than the industry for both HW and G3 varieties in both Conventional and Organic categories.
  2. We have sent in validation of harvest dates to Zespri for kiwifruit packed in week 13/14. We are expecting many of the grower claims will result in an increase in their kiwistart rates.
  3. We are back into avocado picking again, and are packing both days on the weekend to make up for the time lost earlier in the week due to weather.  Over the next 7 days we expect to harvest around 1300 bins of avocados.
  4. We have paid the September 2 pool for avocados.  The best returns were $29.96 per tray for large Class 2 fruit.

 

A thought,

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.