2018 Australian macadamia crop forecast at 44,500 tonnes in-shell

22 Feb 2018

February 2018 Australian macadamia crop forecastThe 2018 Australian macadamia crop is forecast to reach 44,500 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture (47,600 tonnes at 10% moisture) - announced the industry's peak body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today.

The 2018 crop is expected to be marginally higher than the 2017 crop (44,000 tonnes in-shell at 3.5%) which was affected by Cyclone Debbie and other severe weather events.

This season's growing conditions have been largely favourable to date, although several isolated but significant storm events in the main growing regions of Bundaberg Queensland and the NSW Northern Rivers in November/December 2017 has resulted in crop loss. 

Harvest has begun in the largest-producing region of Bundaberg and will commence in all other growing regions in the coming weeks. The macadamia harvest continues for up to six months, with the last nuts collected from orchard floors in August/September. 

Jolyon Burnett, AMS Chief Executive Officer says the Australian macadamia industry continues to expand, with further large plantings in both new and existing growing regions (including the Clarence Valley, South Ballina and Mackay) over the last 12 months. 

"We have seen sustained investment in new orchards over the last few years, with many of these trees set to come into production as early as 2020," says Mr. Burnett. 

"The Australian industry will continue to be a consistent reliable supplier into the future due to this investment and plans for further orchard expansion in many regions," says Mr. Burnett. 

The industry forecast is informed by modelling developed over seven years by the AMS and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and historical data provided by the Australian Macadamia Handlers Association (AMHA).*  

The first estimate of the crop based on actual receivals by participating handlers will be released in July 2018. A further report will be provided in September 2018 and the final figure for the 2018 crop will be announced by the AMS in early December 2018. 

*The project 'MC15009 Macadamia Crop Forecasting 2015-2018' has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the macadamia industry levy and funds from the Australian Government. 

For further information contact:
Lynne Ziehlke 
Market Development Manager Australian Macadamia Society 
Phone: 0488 032 248 or 1800 262 426 (Aust) or +61 2 6622 4933 

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