Michigan Apple Growers Expect Average-Sized Harvest

CHICAGO – The official crop estimate of 25.25 million bushels (1.06 billion pounds) of apples was announced today at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago. The 2019 crop estimate is on par with the average Michigan Apple harvest of about 25.2 million bushels per year.

“Many factors contribute to the size of an apple crop, including weather and the size of the previous year’s crop. To make the estimate, growers and other industry experts report on what they are seeing in various regions of the state, then come to a consensus on the crop size estimate. Reports have been consistently indicating a clean crop with good sized apples,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee.

According to the USDA, Michigan harvested 25 million bushels of apples in 2018. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan.

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