We would like to share some impressions from a field tour in the northern Manisa area last week. We believe that the visit gives a good idea of the overall situation of the new crop:
* There is no doubt that the 2013 crop will be shorter than 2012.
* The trees/vines have given a lot last season and they possibly need a rest this year. On average the bunch count is low and the bunches are weak.
* Several growers have expressed concern about the yields and some even commented that having been in the business for 30 years, they have not yet witnessed such a situation.
* It is difficult to estimate a crop figure at this stage but people are talking about 225-250 000 tons.
Please note the attached pictures. On some, you will hardly see any bunch. Not an uncommon sight this season.