Delay 'likely' for California table grapes

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BY STEVEN MAXWELL

Delay 'likely' for California table grapes

This year’s San Joaquin Valley table grape harvest is expected to be two weeks late, say media reports

Delay 'likely' for California table grapes

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The grape harvest in California’s San Joaquin Valley is unlikely to start until after 4 July and is likely to be smaller than last year’s total following a freeze in April, according to leading growers.

With only a few exceptions, this season’s early table grape harvest in the region is not expected to begin in any significant volumes until after US Independence Day, according to The Produce News.

However, although the April freeze affected a number of San Joaquin vineyards, overall losses are likely to total under 5 per cent, the publication reported.

“We are thinking the start is going to be just after 4 July,” Rick Paul, grape category manager at Sun World International, told the newspaper.

“In site of some losses from the freeze, it still looks like we’ll have a very good sized crop and the quality looks to be good.”

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