Weather stepped in to delay the California raisin-type grape crop by at least two weeks, according to the USDA. Early summer rains also created mildew problems in a number of vineyards. When NASS released its annual raisin grape objective measurement in August, it suggested a harvest of 2.05 million tons, down about 7% from the July forecast.
Raisin packers’ offers are at 14% more than they were for last year’s field price while winery offers are 20% more than last year, according to the bargaining association. However, if fall rains come too early, valuable crops could be left on the vine.
“Now the question is, can we get the crop in on time and without any major problems?” Glen Goto, association chief executive officer, said in a news release.