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Aussie growers prepare for bumper mango crop

18 September, 2014 9:57AM AEST

By Megan Hendry and Alice Roberts

A Queensland mango grower says late 2014 could see one of the biggest crops in years.

Yeppoon farmer Ian Groves says his trees are in full flower and reports from other areas of the country indicate a good season Australia-wide.

But Mr Groves says that is not necessarily a good thing for producers.

"The mango crop everywhere across Australia looks to be a bumper, so we might not be looking at a lot of money per tray,"
he said.

"All reports from Darwin, Katherine, the Burdekin and the Mareeba area and Bowen, there's a massive flowering right across the country and I think the weather has been favourable everywhere."

He says harvest timing will be key to determining prices this season.

"It all depends on whether the districts follow production times down the coast," he said.

"If Darwin is finished when Katherine gets going, Katherine finishes when Bowen/Townsville gets going and if we can slot into the tail end of Mareeba, the prices will be OK."

Mr Groves says he will be looking to harvest more than 30,000 trays of mangoes at his property in central Queensland.

"It actually looks like there could be more than that but we don't count on that until they're in the box,"
he said.

"We just really count on good weather because there's lots of things that can knock the crop around between now and harvest."

Harvest will begin in November and can run as late as April for later flowering varieties.

Related Photos

Yeppoon mango grower Ian Groves inspects flowering trees at the fruit set stage. He says dry growing conditions have meant a bumper crop looks likely this summer Australia-wide. (Alice Roberts - ABC Local)

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