Apricot harvest not so peachy

Hands up if you love a juicy peach? Or a tangy apricot?

Well, it’s that time of year again.

The first of this year’s stone fruit has been picked in Menindee

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in far western New South Wales.

It has been a bumper harvest, with high quality

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nectarine and peaches yielding beyond expectation.

Apricot tonnage, however, was a bit disappointing.

The volume was way down this year with some producers only getting 20 per cent of the average yield.

Back in July the region experienced about a week of hot weather which fried the buds, therefore they didn’t produce as much fruit.

David Murphy, director of Pegasus Orchards in Menindee, is onto his last pick of the season and says apricots are a fickle crop to grow.

“We have had a stab in the dark and expect that the week of hot weather that we had towards the end of July knocked our chill units on the head,” he said.To read the entire story please visit abcrural

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