Cit­rus sea­son about to get juicy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE North Bur­nett cit­rus sea­son was a late bloomer but has started with a good crop.

Narelle Em­mer­ton, of Em­mer­ton’s Cit­rus, said hot weather had de­layed pick­ing im­pe­rial man­darins by a week-and-a-half.

“It’s just Mother Na­ture – we need some cool morn­ings to get the fruit ripened,” she said.

“It’s been a good thing re­ally, be­cause so many peo­ple go away too early and stuff the whole mar­ket.

“There’ll be a big drop on the mar­ket too af­ter Easter and that could af­fect the price.”

RL Baker and Co owner Rus­sell Baker said fruit sent to mar­ket af­ter Easter could cre­ate a glut when com­bined with un­sold fruit de­liv­ered ear­lier.

Whereas a late year for ev­ery­one – start­ing af­ter Easter – could work quite well, wife Lisa Baker said.

“It’s usu­ally bet­ter money early in the sea­son – ev­ery­one aims to get that early money,” she said.

“There will still be vary­ing times that peo­ple start due to fruit ma­tu­rity each year and the price drops when the bulk of the fruit starts.”

Reg Brown, of Brown’s Cit­rus Trans­port, said the de­layed start was not a con­cern.

“It’s a con­sum­able prod­uct which needs to be good – so it’s good to wait,” he said.

“Hope­fully it doesn’t af­fect the qual­ity.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

TIME TO PICK: The im­pe­rial man­darins are ripe for the pick­ing by Ti­tus Kam­buaya at RL Baker and Co's Prickle Farm.

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