I had an interesting exchange with a Florida mango grower from Palm Beach county yesterday:
We have been having a difficult season this summer as is all of South Florida. Rather than having one big crop for our season, we (along with everyone) either had none or several small crops all spread out. That is the way it is here for us. We had three very small crops and very quickly went through the first two crops with mostly our local customers and now we are waiting for the third and last crop to grow and be ready. We thank you for your support and understanding.
On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM, I replied:
Thanks for the note, Marilynn. Much appreciated. I wonder if this is a sign of climate change ...
On Jul 2, 2013, at 7:59 PM, Marilynn wrote:
YES!! It's definitely because the weather has changed. Everything is confused. When this began happening this year, I checked with other mango growers in South Florida online and everyone was talking about it. They all agreed it was because of the changes in the weather. While I was doing that someone came on from a northern state and said it is that way everywhere, no matter what you are growing. THEN, a man came on from India. He said he raises mangoes and ship thousands of tons of mangoes each year all over the world. He described his grove this year and it is doing the same as ours in South Florida. How can someone say it is not climate change? It does seem that way . . . Even those straight line winds that came here the past two summers, blowing our mangoes off the trees at 60 mph ending our season . . . .we never had them here before like that. The weather is definitely going through changes.