Cherry production in Chile is expected to increase this season, but peach and nectarine volumes will likely fall, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
About 30,026 acres of fresh cherries should be harvested in Chile this season, up from 27,298 acres in 2011-12, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s annual Chilean stone fruit report, published Aug. 22.
Cherry production in the country is expected to rise from 85,793 to 92,272 metric tons, and exports from 70,227 to 75,774 metric tons.
Chilean cherries typically are exported to the U.S. in November, December and January.
Peach and nectarine harvested acreage in Chile is projected to fall from 20,238 to 20,176 acres. Production should fall from about 153,300 to 151,250 metric tons, and exports from 95,683 to 93,800 metric tons.