- Almonds– The current drought in California continues to threaten some of the orchards, early estimates point to a reduced crop this year.
- Apricots– Rumours of frost damage in the growing regions, but too early to assess wide spread implications.
- Sunflower– Prices have stabilised of late following recent events between the Ukraine and Russia caused prices to increase during March.
- Sultanas– The outlook in Turkey for 2014 crop is so far, so good, and providing we don’t see any major frosts, there is a growing possibility we could see figures around 300,000mts
Mark Setterfield – April 2014
- Almonds – The Almond bloom has now started and so far the warm and clear weather has provided optimal conditions for flowering and pollination.
- Hazels – With news of a strong developing crop could mean prices may look to drop towards the second half of 2014
- Brazils – The wettest month in Bolivia reported for 30 years brings internal transport links to a virtual standstill, and may results in potential delays of stock from origin and continued firm pricing
- Sultanas– The weather in Turkey is warmer than usual at this time of year which brings increased risk of frost at this critical development time for the vines.
Mark Setterfield – March 2014