U.S. Apple’s 2010-11 forecast slightly lower than USDA’s - The Packer

U.S. Apple’s 2010-11 forecast slightly lower than USDA’s

08/23/2010 08:24:33 AM
Andy Nelson

CHICAGO — About 222 million bushels of U.S. apples are expected in 2010-11, 6% less than last season and 3% under the five-year average.

The U.S. Apple Association released that forecast Aug. 20 at its annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference.

The U.S. Apple estimate is lower than the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast, which estimated the 2010-11 total at about 226 million bushels.

According to the association, industry leader Washington is expected to produce about 133 million bushels, 3% more than last year and 2% above the five-year average. The estimate is under the USDA estimate of 135 million bushels.

New York, the second-largest producer, is projected to produce about 27 million bushels, 18% less than last season and 9% under the 5-year average. The estimate is lower than the USDA estimate of about 28.6 million bushels.

U.S. Apple projects Michigan, the No. 3 producer, to produce about 15.5 million bushels, 43% less than last year and 22% under the 5-year average. The Michigan total is higher than the USDA estimate of 14.5 million bushels.

Pennsylvania is expected to produce about 10.7 million bushels, 12% less than last year and 6% under the five-year average. The estimate is lower than the USDA estimate of 11.6 bushels.



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