The national apple harvest is just getting underway, but it already appears that this year’s crop is a bit bigger than expected. USDA Research Economist, Jacklyn Kramer said while harvest will be up roughly 3% of this year, it will be a mixed bag for apple production by state.
Washington is expecting a 7% increase in its crop this year. However, the extremely high temperatures we saw back in June could reduce final yields. New York’s production is expected to be about 3% lower, while Michigan has reported an anticipated 18% production decrease due to frost condition and poor pollination caused by colder weather. However, several states saw a year-over-year rise in apple production.
Pennsylvania NASS reported production to be up as well as California, Oregon, and Virginia.”
For apple producers, high tariffs in some markets and export shipping challenges are placing downward pressure on prices.
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