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AU: Mango season lacks usual magic

As you read this, the North Queensland mango season harvest is moving into full swing.

During the lead-up to Christmas, mangoes always seem plentiful on the supermarket shelf, but recent weather conditions may have a negative effect, farmer John Morton (pictured) said.
“As long as farmers have up-to-date pest management, then the rain in recent days would be good for their crop, their fruit and their harvest,” Mr Morton said.
When the North Queensland Register pulled up at Mr Morton’s Alligator Creek packing shed, two varieties of mangoes – Kensington Pride and R2E2 – were starting to move down the production line.
Mr Morton said mango trees usually work in cycles, with one year being a large fruitbearing year, followed by a down season.
“Last year was a down season and this year looks to be heading for two down crops in a row,” he said.
“The R2E2 variety of trees is designed to produce more even levels of fruit each year.
“The trees have been putting energy into new growth and rejecting flowers and fruit by the looks of the dropped fruit around.”
As a consequence of another down season, there is likely to be a lower level of work on the farm and in the sheds, as well as an inability for farmers to project future sales and fill orders.
Growers are remaining optimistic despite the smaller yield, hoping for good prices during the month-long harvest.

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