Michigan apple industry comes roaring back - The Packer

Michigan apple industry comes roaring back

08/13/2013 04:41:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Jack Brown expects to begin packing paula reds and ginger golds about the week of Aug. 19.

“We started a little late, but everything’s evened out,” Chase said.

Galas, macintoshes and Honeycrisps will likely follow after Labor Day, followed by jonathans, red delicious and others, he said.

The weather has been “very cooperative” through early August, said Diane Smith, executive director of the Lansing-based Michigan Apple Committee.

“Everything’s looking very good,” Smith said. “We expect a high-quality crop, and the sizing is nice. After last year, no one knew what would happen this year.”

The annual Michigan Fruit Guesstimate put the state’s apple crop at about 26 million bushels, but that could be on the short end, Smith said.

“I’ve heard anything from 26 million and up, which would leave room for a record crop.”

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