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Chilean apple production would fall... know why

Published May 17, 2024

Tridge summary

The USDA forecasts a 1.1% decrease in US apple production for the 2023/24 season, totaling 860,000 tons, due to delayed harvest caused by insufficient cold hours in winter. This decline is attributed to normal yields and a reduction in planted area, down to 29,005 hectares, marking a continuation of a decade-long downward trend. Chile, a significant apple producer, experiences a drop in planted area across all regions, with a decrease of 2.6% in national apple consumption expected. Exports, primarily to Colombia, Brazil, and the US, are also projected to decrease by 1.3% to 463,000 tons, reflecting the production decline. However, export levels are anticipated to recover as the season progresses and the delayed harvest is completed.
Disclaimer: The above summary was generated by Tridge's proprietary AI model for informational purposes.

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The USDA estimates apple production in the 2023/24 season at 860,000 tons, 1.1 percent less than in the 2022/23 season. In the 2023/24 campaign, the apple harvest was delayed by about 15 days due to the limited accumulation of cold hours during the winter. The decrease in production implies normal yields and a decrease to 29,006 hectares of planted area, following the downward trend of the last ten campaigns. According to the latest data from ODEPA, the planted area decreased in all Chilean apple-producing regions. The regions of Maule and O'Higgins, in the central-southern area of the country, concentrate 62.4% and 22.0% of the planted area, respectively, constituting 84.4 percent of the total planted area. Planted area and apple consumption However, the planted area decreased in both regions, as many producers have orchards with old varieties that are not profitable compared to new varieties and other crops such as cherries and walnuts. Due to lower national production, it is ...
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