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SNAFU : Mango Crop Report Alert from the National Mango Board


The original email sent out by NMB was difficult to understand.

The email mistakenly claims that :

Total shipments for the week ending October 10, 2015 were: 8742,896 boxes. 
During the same week last year, volume shipped was approximately 5838,256 boxes.

If you will notice, this must be a mistake, because never have more than three million cartons entered USA during a single week. This is done during the peak of the Mexican Season.

With Brazil alone, the weekly volume has never exceeded one million cartons. Nowhere near the Five million reported by the National mango Board earlier today. 

The same is true for last season, when the total import number would be closer to one million than the 5 million plus listed today.

A Review of USDA mango import data:…

Trump swam in mob-infested waters in early years as an NYC developer


Pat Boylan, left, of New York, plays a slot machine as construction worker Ron Hess of Galloway, N.J. rides past on a lift truck at the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (MEL EVANS/AP)

By Robert O'Harrow Jr. October 16 at 10:45 AM

Robert O’Harrow Jr. is a reporter on the investigative unit of The Washington Post. He writes about law enforcement, national security, federal contracting and the financial world.

As billionaire developer Donald Trump became the toast of New York in the 1980s, he often attributed his rise to salesmanship and verve. “Deals are my art form,”he wrote.

But there is another aspect to his success that he doesn’t often discuss. Throughout his early career, Trump routinely gave large campaign contributions to politicians who held sway over his projects and he worked with mob-controlled companies and unions to build them.

Americans have rarely contemplated a candidate quite like Trump, 69, who has become the unlikely leader among Re…

NORTHERN TERRITORIES, AUSTRALIA : Ord mango season splits in two with sudden lack of ripe fruit

WA Country Hour By Tom Edwards

Updated about 6 hours ago

PHOTO: Poor weather, fruit drop and wildlife are being cited as possible causes of the unexceptional mango crop in the Ord River Irrigation Area this year. (Vanessa Mills)

MAP: Kununurra 6743

Mango growers in the east Kimberley are experiencing an unusual season this year.

00:00 AUDIO: Ord mango grower Quentin Parker says it is an unusual season this year. (ABC Rural)

There has been a sudden lack of ripe fruit, with reports of a four-week wait until picking can restart.

Windy weather, fruit drop and over zealous wildlife are some other factors being blamed for the unusual season.

Kununurra mango grower Quentin Parker said he had never seen such a situation in his 25 years in the industry.

"(It's been) a very early season," he said.

"(I've) not seen some of the varieties like Haden, Irwin, Tommy Atkins, those sorts of varieties."

"They were the first to flower and obviously some of the first to come …


These images were posted By Carlos Bustamante on Facebook

R2E2 is a mid-season variety with large, highly coloured fruit. It was selected in 1982 by Ian Bally, Ross Wright and Peter Beal as a seedling progeny of the Florida variety Kent, and takes its name from the row and position in the field of the original tree at the department´s Bowen Research Facility.

Released for commercial production in 1991, R2E2 has gained wide acceptance throughout all mango-growing regions in Australia and is the third most popular variety grown. R2E2 has a long shelf life and is sought after on the export market.

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