John Onstad of Yakima-based Sage Fruit Co. said that while it was still too soon to tell, the 2013-14 crop could be in the 115-million- to 120-million-box range.
From what Onstad has heard about expected production around the U.S., marketers will have to hustle next season.
“There are going to be a lot of apples on the domestic market next year,” he said. “Washington shippers will have to rely more on export markets.”
California also is looking forward to good quality and potentially big volumes in 2013-14, said Andy Poteete, sales manager for Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bidart Bros. Marketing.
“The weather’s been ideal, we’ve had great blooms, we haven’t had any adverse weather and the crop looks clean,” he said. “It looks like it could be one of the better crops we’ve had.”
Bidart is on track to begin shipping galas in late July or early August and granny smiths in mid-August, right on time, Poteete said.