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Riverland and surrounds avocado harvest to smash 1 million trays

Next season’s avocado crop from Sunraysia and the Riverland is expected to double to more than 1 million trays, following a mild summer conducive to production.

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The new forecast is based on the favourable weather conditions and some young plantings coming into production. It will contribute to an anticipated national harvest of around 25 million trays.

Avocados Australia's tri-state director, Kym Thiel, said the good growing conditions will follow last year's light crop of only 435,000 trays.

"The trees were all ready to produce, flowered very heavily, then we had some good setting conditions so the fruit was on the tree — but the single biggest thing is a combination of the mild summer," Thiel said.

"We had no real extreme heat through the December, January, February and March period, where traditionally we get excessive fruit drops even if we set large crops."

The avocado harvest in Sunraysia and the Riverland is expected to get into full swing in mid August and continues into summer. The most common variety grown in the region is Hass, but there are small volumes of Reed and Lamb Hass too.