Jun 29, 2016
Cooperative estimates fifth largest apple crop ever

Premier Apple Cooperative has released its estimate of the size of the 2016 apple crop. The overall estimate is based on conditions as of June 27, and assumes normal growing conditions to the fall harvest.

The cooperative, which shares information among members and keeps track of factors that affect apple prices, estimated a total U.S. crop of 263 million bushels for 2016. Of that total, Washington will contribute 168 million bushels, New York 29 million bushels, Michigan 28.5 million bushels and Pennsylvania 10 million bushels.

If the weather is normal and the prediction holds, it will be the fifth largest U.S. apple crop in history. The largest crop was 277.3 million bushels in 1998, according to USDA.

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