With five weeks to go before the first early Gala harvest, Marc Peyres, Export Sales Manager at Blue Whale, gives an update on the recent heat wave. A difficult temperature increase for some crops in June, but not for apples. "The heat has had no impact on our products at this stage. We have good weather conditions for the moment. The challenge will be the weather in July/August because a heat wave at that time would be catastrophic."
"The two previous years the cold weather was unfavorable for the development of the plant with an impact on the sizes, but this year the temperatures and the sunshine were beneficial for the fattening of the fruits."
A promising year
While repeated heat and storms can be damaging to fruit, Blue Whale orchards are optimally protected. "We protect against hail and frost but also against drought thanks to irrigation. For the moment everything is going very well, even exceptionally well, we are heading for an early year with good sizes. We are still thinking that we will have the best harvest of the last ten years."
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Marc Peyres, export sales manager