The week that was, 09/04/2021
- With the limited amount of Back packers and RSE workers, we find our Bus from town to site under utilised and our car park too small. Us Kiwi’s enjoy our cars.
- Current packing stats are as follows;
|Variety||Trays packed||Volume above/below est||Trays/bin|
- Next Thursday (April the 15th) at 10.00 am we have an avocado field day. The location of the field day is 113 Pukakura road, Katikati. We will be looking at two different planting set ups, conventional spacings vs high density. The new high density blocks have been planted in an ex feijoa block that is pretty much at sea level. We will hear about some of the challenges and how Eddie and Carol Biesiek (the growers) are managing them. View location on Google Maps
Ngā mihi nui,
Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
The week that was, 03/04/2021
- Staffing levels are ok. If we are short anywhere it is tending to be in the field.
- It was a little concerning when we had to stop loading a vessel to Europe mid-week, due to the availability of refrigerated containers. Hopefully a one off.
- To date we have packed a total of almost 2.5 million trays, comprising of,
- G3CK 1,966,889 trays.
- G3OB(Organic) 250,000 trays.
- HE(Sweet green) 37,630 trays (final volume for the season)
- HW 169,476 trays
- RS(Red) 31,449.7 trays
- At the NZ avocado field day this week, held at Te Pare orchard, we saw a demonstration on injecting for root rot, and discussions around pruning, fertiliser, and soil and leaf testing.
Ngā mihi nui,
What we learn about history, is that people don’t learn from history.
The week that was, 27/03/2021
- With maturity slow and a harbour full of ships, Zespri took the initiative mid-week to increase the G3 kiwistart rates. This has resulted in an increase in fruit which has seen us start up two more shifts, this weekend.
- Please be careful when harvesting on hot autumn days. We had a line in the other day that had fruit at over 40 degrees Celsius. When fruit rises over 34 degrees Celsius the respiratory rate increases significantly, which accelerates ripening. It took two rotations thought the precoolers to get the temperature under control. The learning is, be careful not to place the full bins in the direct sunshine.
- Next week NZ avocado are having a field day, on Thursday 2nd April at 10am, at Te Pare orchard 43 MacDougall quarry road. Topics include;
- Tree health issue diagnosis and actions including phosphonate application for Phytophthora control.
- Update on latest root stock trial performance.
- Update of Avovantage project looking at influence of on-orchard management practices on fruit quality.
- Fertiliser use.
All we have is now.
The week that was, 20/03/2021
- Industry submit is approximately 33% down from last year due to fruit maturity, as of last night. ISG has voted to increase the G3 first past the post volumes to 16m trays for the Tuesday midnight cap. A second G3 cap has been introduced for next week. It closes on Friday at a rate of $1.77. The net result is, supply to the vessel is challenging, but the good news is there are ships ready to be loaded.
- Our preharvest meeting was held on Wednesday. It was great to have Dan Mathieson and Alister Hulbert come to give a Zespri briefing. Key points for me were;
- The optimum volume of Hayward to market is between 60 to 70 m trays.
- Europe were enjoying the sweetness and the ready to eat attributes of G3
- Red fruit was finding favour with children.
- Covid has accelerated demand for real food.
- Due to covid Zespri’s instore promotions have had to stop, which was a concern.
- An update on illegal G3 planting in China was given. Which was along the line of what is currently published on the canopy. click here
- Please clear your spray dairies in plenty of time to ensure no unexpected outcomes at the last minute.
- Our Avocado grower portal is going live. You will receive an email asking you to set up your password. In the portal you will be able to access your packout data, orchard map, weather data and dry matter results. We will add more features in the future.
- This week we met with AVOCO and the other packers. Initial thoughts on how much fruit AVOCO will have to export this coming season, is that it will be similar to the season just finished. The Far North is up, Whangarei down, Katikati similar, Te Puke up and Opotiki down.
Ngā mihi nui,
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
The week that was, 13/03/2021
- Today is our second day of packing G3 kiwifruit. The orchards that have passed to date, are young orchards typical 3 years of the graft. The orchards are predominantly from the Bay of Plenty.
- Please reframe from taking maturity samples on the day harvest starts in a maturity area. The packhouse must have the taste bands from this sample before fruit can be packed, due to TZG and pack type configurations. With results being 2pm the following day this season, growers who maturity test on the day of harvest risk not being packed for the KiwiStart week they are expecting.
- Topics talked about at our Eastern Bay Avocado discussion group yesterday, in Opotiki included;
- Crop load management
- Contractor spray options
- Hand tool pruning options
Thanks to Grant Fraser for hosting us at Tirohanga
Ngā mihi nui,
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
The week that was, 05/03/2021
The week that was,
- We have inducted four shifts this week. The numbers have been good, we remain optimistic for the season. It has been great to see so many returnees. We have had 4123 employment enquiries to date.
- A reminder to the HW early start growers, Contract allocations for HW1CK can be packed ahead of time attaching kiwistart rates for the week in which submit occurs, ie we can pack weeks 16,17 and 18 allocation all in week 16 and receive week 16 kiwistart rates.
- Our updated forecast was emailed out on Tuesday.
- Next week NZ avocado are having two field days, on Thursday 11th at 1pm at Te Pare orchard on MacDougall quarry road. Then on Friday at 1.00 pm, another will be held at 80 Prestidge road in Katikati.
- We have changed our banking arrangements to the ASB, please find the new details below,
- Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd 12-3245-0000125-00
- Trevelyan’s Managed Orchards Ltd 12-3245-0000133-00
- Trevelyan Growers Ltd 12-3245-000192-00
If you could update your records accordingly that would be much appreciated.
Ngā mihi nui,
If you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
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,
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.
The earth has music for those who listen.
The week that was, 12/02/2021
- 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.
- Best wishes to our two staff members, Katherine Bell and Jessica Matheson who are competing in the bop young grower competition next week.
- 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.
- Our avocado shed committee met with AVOCO this week to discuss the end of season, fruit quality and planning for next season.
- 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,
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But when you listen, you may learn something new.
The week that was, 06/02/2021
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein
The week that was, 29/01/2021
- 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.
- 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.
- We paid the Dec 1 pool for avocados this week, best returns were $28.10 for large Class 2 fruit size 16.
- 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,
No problem canbe solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
The week that was, 22/01/2021
The (first) week that was (for 2021);
- 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.
- Our KiwiGreen teams also started monitoring last week, adhering to the new Zespri requirements for China (which include scale, leafroller, wheat bug and mealybug).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”