Light season for avocadoes
A MANJIMUP avocado grower who has been in the industry for nearly 20 years believes there will be an abundant harvest next year.
Heath East experienced a lighter yield in his orchard this season, but expects next year to be much better.
Mr East said his orchard of 500 trees tended to have a strong season every second year.
“Basically one heavy year, and then the following year seems to be a bit lighter,” he said.
“Last year was very heavy, this year’s not as heavy but there’s a lot of flower around.
“It’s a little bit early to tell at the moment but hopefully next year we’ll have a real good fruit set.”
Mr East predicted prices would “stay firm” with production not expected in the same heavy quantities as last year.
“We’re looking forward to the season next year,” he said.
Mr East said the recent “mediocre” weather, with both warm nights and warm days, had been good for the fruit.
He also said the late rain had filled his dam and set up his property with plenty of water heading into the summer.
Avocado farmer Heath East among his trees, planted in 1998.