New York apple crop forecast reflects smaller U.S. crop
A United States Department of Agriculture crop forecast released Aug. 10 placed the New York state crop at 14 million boxes, down 54 percent compared to the state’s five-year average production of 30.7 million boxes. The U.S. crop forecast of 192 million boxes is down 15 percent from the five-year national average production of 224.5 million boxes. Spring frost or summer hail – or both – impacted nearly every U.S. growing region.
Harvest began three weeks earlier than usual, due to this year’s early spring, so new-crop apples are hitting stores and markets. Many New York varieties will be available now, thanks to warm early summer weather. New York growers have reported larger fruit, saying that apples should be sweeter, because of the summer sun and dry weather.
“The 2012 apple season is now officially underway; we are open for business,” said New York Apple Association President Jim Allen. “Enjoy our apples while they last.
“This year puts a spotlight on the kinds of pressures that our growers have to deal with year in, year out,” he added.
The NYAA is a nonprofit agricultural trade association based in Fishers, N.Y. The NYAA represents the state’s commercial apple growers and supports the growing and marketing of New York apples through a demand for apples and apple products. For more information, visit www.nyapplecountry.com.