Australian macadamia crop forecast revised

Australian macadamia nuts freshly harvested

The 2021 Australian macadamia crop forecast has been revised down by 4.5% from 50,770 to 48,500 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture (from 54,440 to 52,000 tonnes at 10% moisture), announced the industry’s peak body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today.

The modest reduction is a direct result of the severe weather experienced by New South Wales growers in recent months, which caused crop loss in many parts of the state. The new forecast represents an increase on last year’s crop of approximately 3.5%.

“Australia’s east coast experienced extreme and prolonged rainfall during March and April, causing widespread flooding in New South Wales, and associated harvest delays, orchard and infrastructure damage,” said AMS CEO Jolyon Burnett.

“The mid north coast growing region, in particular Nambucca, was the most heavily impacted.”

Mr. Burnett said the crop reduction is also in part due to the ongoing legacy of previous years’ sustained drought conditions.

“Some farms are still seeing the effects of the hot and dry conditions from previous seasons,” said Mr. Burnett.

With more than 50% of the Australian macadamia crop now collected, the nut sizing is more normal this season and whilst kernel yields are slightly down, Mr Burnett says overall quality is very good.

“Notwithstanding the extreme conditions, most regions are reporting a good quality crop.”

All growing regions are at different stages of harvest, with Bundaberg, Australia’s largest macadamia producer, out in front, having now delivered 80% of its crop.

The latest Australian macadamia industry crop estimate is based on forecast intake provided by the Australian Macadamia Handlers Association (AMHA) to the end of May. The AMHA represent 90% of production in Australia.

A further crop report will be provided in August/September, and the final figure for the 2021 crop will be announced by the AMS in early December.

For further information contact:  
Jacqui Price
Market Development Manager Australian Macadamias
Phone: +61 424 107 731 or 1800 262 426 (Aust) or +61 2 6622 4933

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