Aug 21, 2020
USApple 2020 forecast pegged at 253.3M bushels, down 3% from a year ago

Total USApple estimate for 2020: 253.3 million bushels.

If the crop hits that number, it would be down 3% from last year, 2% from the 5-year average.

The announcement concluded the 125th annual USApple Outlook conference, held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Eastern U.S. apple crop is expected to be off by 8% from last year and down 9% from the five-year average. In the Midwest, the crop is forecast is on par with last year, down 9% from the five-year average. And in the West, the crop is expected down 3% but up 5% on the five-year average.

Washington state representatives said that the estimates are for the amount of fruit on the trees. They said the amount that will actually be sold on the fresh market year will definitely be lower than last year.

By variety, the top five produced cultivars are were Gala, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Fuji.

Gala, Red Delicious and Honeycrisp make up 48% of the anticipated harvest. The top five varieties, including Granny Smith and Fuji, comprise 67%.

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