Light sea­son for av­o­ca­does

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

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.

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