Apple Crop Rebounds After 2012

Posted on 07/25/2013 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

U.S. apple production should be up in 2013-14, according to a recent estimate from the annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate, conducted by Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association.

An estimated 251 million bushels of fresh-market and processed-market apples are expected to ship next season, up from 215 million bushels this season, according to the report.

Production in industry leader Washington is expected to fall, from 154 million to 148 million bushels, but gains in Michigan and New York will push the U.S. total up over that of last season.

An estimated 26.3 million bushels of apples could ship from Michigan in the 2013-14 season, up from 2.7 million bushels this season.

New York production is expected to jump from 16.9 million to 34 million bushels.

Pennsylvania’s apple volumes are projected to fall from 11.7 million to 10.5 million bushels.

The Guesstimate is the first of the season for overall national apple production in the U.S.; it will be followed by forecasts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Apple Association.

The 26.3 million bushel total in Michigan would be the largest since 2009, when about 27.4 million bushels shipped from the Wolverine State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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