2017-09-07 / News

Apple growers expect below-average crop size

CHICAGO – Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 20.3 million bushels (852.6 million pounds) of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate recently announced at the US Apple Outlook meeting in Chicago. This estimate is approximately four million bushels below average. Industry members are pointing to frost damage from the spring on the reduced crop size. Michigan Apple growers experienced frost after bloom in May that caused damage to many blossoms and led to damaged fruit. But there will still be plenty of Michigan Apples for consumers to enjoy this year.

In 2016, Michigan growers harvested a robust 28 million bushels of apples, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan. For more information about the apple crop, visit MichiganApples.com. – R.S.

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