Washington Apple Harvest Estimate Decreases By 5.3%
The Washington state Tree Fruit Association is out with an updated estimate of the 2021 fresh apple crop. Back in August, WSTFA estimated this year’s crop at 124.85 million standard forty pound boxes of fresh apples. The most recent harvest estimate puts this year’s crop at 118.255 million boxes, a decrease of 5.3%.
“Apple harvest is still wrapping-up for some Washington varieties, but based on volumes harvested so far our members are expecting a decrease to 118.255 million boxes,” said Jon DeVaney, WSTFA President. “Our members are reporting smaller crops of some varieties including Honeycrisp, Galas, and Red Delicious. High heat earlier in the season affected what was ultimately picked in some cases. The organic crop is still projected to be over 15 million boxes. In spite of the smaller harvest, we are seeing high-quality fruit and consumers can expect delicious Washington apples throughout 2022.”
The WSTFA said this week's report is based on a survey of Association members, and represents fruit picked through October 31st."
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