NM Chile Harvest Delayed

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

 

Harvesting Chiles, Mesilla ValleyWeather factors have conspired to delay the green chile harvest in New Mexico, according to grower Shayne Franzoy, who farms 200 acres near Hatch.  "I think we're three weeks later this year," he said.  Stephanie Walker, cooperative extension vegetable specialist noted that unusually cool weather this spring caused "a very slow start" for chile fields.  "We won't hit full stride [in the harvest] until August 16," she said, noting that chile diseases have not been serious this year, including the dreaded curly top virus.  Harvested chile acreage averages between 11,000 and 15,000 acres in New Mexico.

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Dave says:
Yes, chile harvest usually starts in the second or third week in July, but it takes a while for the pods to travel the supply trail.
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Hi Dave, are chiles normally harvested in July? Last year, received our chiles from NM in August as well. I thought they were early last year. I'm so confused!
Melanie Yunk , July 15, 2010

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