Winter Storm Wastes Tonnes of Fruit


Saturday 24 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

As well as the damage that very cold weather can do to the trees and leaves, the fruit obviously suffers, should a crop be left just a day too late on the trees. As with all farming, it’s a fine balancing act to know when to harvest a crop. You can’t just pick when the first fruit ripens, as the bulk may not be ready, or perhaps prices are just too low to make any profit (picking and transporting costs money).

The dealers tend to wait until the fruit starts to drop, as by then, the wholesale prices are starting to climb, so they pick less fruit for the same money, thereby increasing their cost/income ratio. As a result, a lot of fruit is ‘lost’, either through dropping to the ground and rotting, or cold damaged on the tree, so rejected during sorting as the truck is loaded.






However, if there is a sudden cold snap, or one chooses to gamble on waiting for market prices to increase the profit margin, there is the chance of a few tonnes of fruit going to waste. 




To most folk, yes it’s a waste…. but as with farming worldwide, it’s a business, so unless the product can be sold, and sold for some meagre profit after picking and transportation costs are factored in, it is simply rejected.




Some folk are greedy though, and wait and wait to maximise the wholesale price – but that doesn’t always pay off. This guy was chuffed to be the last one to pick, then this happened. Oops.




6 thoughts on “Winter Storm Wastes Tonnes of Fruit

  1. John says:

    We used to feed the cull oranges and other fruit and vegetables to cattle when the grass was short. Though the culls were free plus freight, it kept them from going to waste.

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  2. I hope that chap wasn’t you?


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