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Carnarvon avocado production halved

Stephen Stockwell, Monday May 13, 2013 - 15:14 EST
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Sunburnt avocado trees on Wes Bassett's Carnarvon property following a heatwave in February, 2013 - ABC

Carnarvon avocado growers have seen a production drop this year, with one grower reporting yields from his crop have been halved.

A slower year was expected after a heatwave burnt ripening crops in February but strong prices have helped growers, up around 40 per cent on last year.

Wes Bassett, a biodynamic avocado grower in Carnarvon, says it's too early to tell if high prices will make up for the drop in production.

"I probably haven't really seen how much total quantity we're going to get so far, but yes it might come out to be about equal, maybe just a little bit down."

He says the heatwave earlier this year is partly to blame for the drop.

"I think that's 20 to 25 per cent, now we're getting up in the trees and having a look."


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