Aug 25, 20172017 apple crop will be down from last year
The U.S. Apple Association has announced its estimate of the size of the 2017 U.S. apple crop: 248 million bushels.
The estimate was given during USApple’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, held Aug. 24-25 in Chicago.
The 2017 estimate represents an 8 percent decrease from 2016’s final crop of 268,417 million bushels, and matches the five-year average.
Here’s a regional breakdown:
In the Eastern states, the 2016 estimate is 54.6 million bushels, a 6 percent increase from 2016 and 1 percent above the five-year average.
The Midwest estimate is 23.7 million bushels, 23 percent down from 2016 and 5 percent down from the five-year average.
In the Western states, the 2017 estimate is 169.9 million bushels, 59 percent up from 2016 and matching the five-year average.
Washington state leads the way in the 2017 forecast, with 159.5 million total bushels, an 8 percent decrease from 2016 (174.2 million bushels) and 1 percent above the five-year-average.
New York is looking at a 28-million-bushel crop to equal the 2016 mark, and 1 percent below the five-year average.
Michigan comes in at 20 million bushels in the forecast, down 27 percent from 2016 (27.9 million bushels) and 5 percent below the five-year average.
Pennsylvania is pegged 11 million bushels, six percent above 2016 and 4 percent below the five-year average.