Here is the PDF file for the Hawaii Papayas Report.
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Mark E. Hudson, Director
USDA NASS Hawaii Field Office
1421 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814-2512
Office: (808) 973-9588 / (800) 804-9514
Fax: (808) 973-2909
“HAWAII PAPAYAS” reports are available on our website http://www.nass.usda.gov/hi/ and also PRINTED monthly. Subscriptions for PRINTED copies are free to those persons who report agricultural data to NASS (upon request) and available for $4 per year to all others.
MAY FRESH PAPAYA UP FROM LAST YEAR
Hawaii fresh papaya utilization is estimated at 2.1 million pounds for May 2007, down 6 percent from April 2007, but up 18 percent from May 2006. Year-to-date utilization at 11.0 million pounds was 1 percent above the same period last year.
Sunny and dry conditions prevailed in May. Orchards benefited from warm temperatures and longer day lengths. Irrigation was stepped up to replenish low soil moisture levels. Orchards with irrigation made good progress. Fields depending upon natural rainfall, especially plantings grown in porous rocky conditions, experienced slower growth and fruit development. Fungus outbreaks were limited with drier weather. Insects, papaya ringspot virus, and wild pig damage remained concerns for some growers.
Papaya growers are expected to receive an estimated 49.0 cents per pound for fresh fruit in May, 2 percent (1.0 cent) higher than April, but 16 percent lower than (9.0 cents) May a year ago.