Crop update of Turkish Apricots / Happy Apricots
Hereafter update of the Turkish apricots crop from Akbas / Happy Apricots (July 23, 2020)
Harvest started around two weeks ago in Baskil (East) and reached the central areas within a few days, which is much quicker than expected.
It is the first time we have seen such quick ripening on the fruits compared to previous years. Usually ripening has at least about 10 days difference between east and central locations. Trees have enough feed capacity for the fruits because of less density which causes both early ripening and large counts.
Recently, we have seen new crop products on the market harvested from broken branches in the orchards. Caliber is between 100-130 per/kg. The quantity from these broken branches is limited but we saw that the dimension is already bigger than regular fruits even though the product is still unripe when harvested.
Estimation of crop 2020
We would like to share some information about recent developments and Akbas' estimate for 2020 crop of dried apricots.
We have visited production areas in Malatya and observed crop conditions with farmers at their orchards. The main areas have been categorized on the basis of altitudes where rain and frost is a key factor, thus the density shows similarities all around the neighboring villages in the counties.
Akcadag, Yazihan, Eski Malatya and Kale, i.e. the lowlands (950 meter - 1050 meter of altitude) where most of the fruits (65%) is grown, have been damaged because of non-pollination due to heavy rain during and after blossoming and frost. Furthermore, the orchards also suffered from Monilia disease due to heavy rain even though treatments were applied. Dogansehir, Darende, Hekimhan and mountain slopes, i.e. the higher altitudes (1150 meter altitude and above) have not been damaged by rain because of the later blossoming. However these higher altitudes represent the minority (35%) of the crop. Density is still less than previous crop even though rain and frost damage is limited on higher altitudes. We have visited at least hundred orchards and also obtained information from their neighbors in order to create an estimated crop figure which should be close to reality. Our research shows that crop would be estimated around 80.000 MT ± 10% deviation including carry over.