Lemon harvest hast started in Argentina, crop of 1.4 million tons of fruit with 1.1 million tons going into processing are expected and these numbers represent an above average crop for Argentina.
This of course is dependent if Argentina can actually process this quantity or if further restrictions will not allow them to continue to harvest or harvest for a shorter period due to Covid-19. Limitations are as fruit pickings are done by hand and depend on manual labor for the most part. At this time, you need a special permit to work/limited workforce allowed and all people need to wear masks while on the fields.
Demand is picking up from EU and USA and this has allowed prices to somewhat become more stable.
Feb 19th, 2020
Crop is expected to start on time this year, usually fresh fruit exports start and we will see processed lemons for concentrates/oils to become available April/May timeframe. Argentina being the Global producer and leader will have an impact on setting a price for this upcoming crop season, demand will play a huge part in setting the tone this year.
Jan 10th, 2020
New crop season will begin March/April timeframe with fresh fruit being priority, then processing for juice, oils, etc will commence around May 2020.
Last year, total fruit volume collected was 1.3 million tons which was a record 2019 crop for Argentina.
This year, crop is expected to be average with estimates at 1.0 million tons of fruit.
Sep 1st, 2017
The major growing region has experienced poor weather. Prices have firmed and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future.
Mar 1st, 2016
Spain, Brazil, California, and Southern Italy have all been experiencing bad weather, leading to reports of large reductions in crop sizes. Argentina, the largest producer, reported a crop 10-15% larger than last year’s, slightly offsetting the losses elsewhere.