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AUSTRALIA : Queensland honey gold mangoes aren't flowering for Piñata Farms

QLD Country Hour

Lara Webster

Updated about 7 hours ago


One of Australia's largest mango growers is anticipating a "grim" Queensland season for its honey gold mangoes.

Piñata Farms has seen its honey gold mango crops at Wamuran, at the Sunshine Coast, hit hard by storms and very little flowering.

Only 60 per cent of the crop has flowered and recent hail damaged any mangoes on the trees, leaving the fruit with black spots.

00:00 AUDIO: Piñata Farms mango production manager Lindsay Hewitt discusses downgraded honey gold mango crop.(ABC Rural)

The company now expects it will only harvest around 2,000 trays for the January harvest at the Sunshine Coast farm.

That is a significant downgrade from its initial estimate of 20,000 trays.

Piñata's mango production manager Lindsay Hewitt said he had no answers as to why there had been so little flowering this season.

He has never seen a season like it at the Wamuran farm.

All we can do is be in the best place we can be this time next year and hopefully we'll have a good crop then.

"Every year we have been here we have had really good flowering so it is a bit new to us," 
he said.

"Australia-wide flowering has been a little bit patchy ... south-east Queensland has just been a bit patchier than most areas.

"It is a little odd because it is a bit cooler here but it is just a bit off."

Last year Piñata farms saw a record harvest across their Queensland, Western Australian, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victorian farms.


PHOTO: Some of the honey gold mango trees on the Wamuran farm which have not flowered. (Lara Webster)

A total of about 450,000 trays were harvested.

While this year Piñata's Queensland honey gold crop may be down, Mr Hewitt said he was confident the Northern Territory crop would make up for the Queensland losses.

"We're going to have a very good season in the Northern Territory with mangoes and also our farm in Rockhampton,"  he said.

"Also the company has pineapples and strawberries which we've done well out of so hopefully we can absorb those costs."

The company won't harvest its Queensland crop until January and despite the woes, Mr Hewitt is confident about the following season.

"The trees having a break this year will do them the world of good,"  Mr Hewitt said.

"The weather here [ in Queensland] is the most challenging aspect of growing mangoes here, so all we can do is be in the best place we can be this time next year and hopefully we'll have a good crop then."

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