The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an interim rule to change the maturity shipping schedule to allow certain sizes and weights of the southern Florida choquette avocado variety to be shipped to the fresh market earlier.

The interim rule, effective Sept. 19, will be open for comments through Nov. 17.

“With this change, the maturity schedule will better reflect the current maturity rate for the choquette variety, facilitating the shipment of this variety as it matures.

There are approximately 30 handlers of Florida avocados subject to regulation under the order and approximately 300 producers of avocados in the production area. There are about 70 importers of West Indian- and Guatemalan-type avocado varieties like those grown in Florida, according to the USDA.