- TRUFFLE FARMING IN AUSTRALIA
The Australian harvest has been quite impressive, even the driest winter in some areas and warmest in early winter, but it looks truffles were not affected and growers are watering well. Feedback from growers was extremely good across the country with lots of reports of people doubling their production this year.
Growers conservatively estimate production for the season to be more than 20 tones. This a impressive compared to the 13 tones from last year. This high production has not been without problems, growers complain about getting smaller truffles than previous seasons and particularly with dumping of truffles at low prices by provedores in both Australia and overseas.
I think I already post a link to this french report on prices on truffles, with australian prices imports, just in case here is again:
West Australians expect an additional 20 – 40 tonnes will be produced in Australia within 5-10 years. This is what Spain produces in a good year!
Thanks for the updates to some growers from the http://trufflegrowers.com.au
Here a link of the Wine and Truffle Co newsletter with some interesting articles about the last season
2. TRUFFLE FARMING IN CHILE
The estimate production for the season has been 500kilos in total. 300kg has been exported to USA and Brasil mainly and 200kg sold on domestic market or used for inoculum.
The Growers association thinks next year production may double and in 5 years chilean production may raise up to 5-7 tons.
Truffles harvested with plenty of aroma, good quality in general.
There is a 50 hectare plantation that has started production. 25 ha of that one have plants of up to 5 years and the other 25 ha where the oldest plants are 3 years old. Both plantations have 50% Quercus Robur and 50% Quercus Ilex. The hazelnuts did not adapt well.
Total Argentina is estimated about 85 ha planted with estimated total crop for this season 35 kilos. Thank you for update to Trufas del Nuevo Mundo, the producer with the largest planted area in the country.
4. SOUTH AFRICA
Season 2017 has been very encouraging for farmers, harvested a total of 14,5 kg’s across the 5 producing farms, two of the farms are in second year production.
Production is improving steadily from last year, although growers are suffering from pests damage (slugs and millipedes) to the truffles. Note most farms in the area have mild winters so insect activity is higher.
All the production was sold locally to restaurants, chefs and hotels. The selling price was 900 Euro/kg.
There are planted over 80 hectares and expecting to plant a further 120 hectares next year.
Marcos S. Morcillo