Chilean citrus and avocado growers are carefully determining what, if any,
crop damage may have occurred in a mid-July Southern Hemisphere
A North American citrus importer who requested anonymity indicated that it
is premature to guess what may happen to Chile's citrus crop. He noted that a
correspondingly similar freeze hit the California citrus crop and that the
industry saw record production thereafter.
The Chilean Hass Avocado Association sent a press release July 19 that said,
in part, "Since Tuesday, July 13, there have been frost weather conditions in
some avocado-producing areas in Chile. The Chilean Hass Avocado
Association has received recorded temperature information from weather
stations in towns that are located in low-lying areas near the growing
regions. Luckily, the majority of avocado groves are located on hillsides, which
have better conditions compared to the flat land areas."
Chile's avocado industry is hoping that in three weeks time it will "have better
figures of final production and exports for the 2010-11 season," it added.