The apple growers in areas hard hit by Mother Nature may have something to look forward to next year.
Next year could see a bumper crop
By Tom Karst, National Editor
If historical trends are any indication, Michigan apple growers will have a big bounce-back year in 2013. Michigan’s apple output was 14 million bushels in 2008, rising to 27 million bushels in 2009, dropping again to 13.5 million bushels in 2010. That smaller crop was followed by the big crop of 23.4 million bushels last year and the paltry 2.5 million bushel crop forecast for this year.
Washington’s strong volume finish seems miraculous, given the production threats of the growing season. Imagine what prices might have been had other growing areas not been stricken by crop-crippling weather.
Despite regional losses, apple holdings up 4%
By Andy Nelson, Markets Editor
A huge Washington apple crop - expected to be a record-breaker - is having little trouble making up for severe crop losses in Michigan and New York, though prices have been higher.
“We’ve more than made up for the shortfall in Michigan, New York and eastern Canada,” said Howard Nager, vice president of marketing for Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers.