The primary estimate of the 2023–24 U.S. apple crop is 250 million 42-pound bushels, a rise of 1.5 p.c from final yr.

The US Apple Affiliation met in Chicago to estimate the dimensions of the 2023-24 US apple crop. (Matt Milkovich/The Good Fruit Grower)

Different highlights from the primary day of the Apple Affiliation of the US Outlook 2023 convention embody discussions on retail traits and meals security.

USApple will announce an additional industry-driven estimate on the finish of Day 2. The affiliation meets in Chicago yearly to estimate the dimensions of the following crop.

The 250 million bushel determine relies on USApple’s evaluation of knowledge from the US Division of Agriculture. The USDA introduced an anticipated US crop of 236 million bushels in early August, however the USDA estimates solely embody knowledge from the highest seven apple-producing states. USApple added an estimate of 14 million bushels from different states for a complete of 250 million bushels, mentioned Chris Gerlach, USApple’s director of {industry} evaluation.

Washington will stay the highest producing state, with an estimated crop of 160 million bushels valued at greater than $2 billion, a 9 p.c enhance in manufacturing over crop yr 2022-23. After its largest crop on document in 2022, Michigan is forecast to drop manufacturing by greater than 15 p.c to 27.4 million bushels. New York, hit by a late spring frost, is anticipated to provide 26.2 million bushels, a 19 p.c decline. Pennsylvania (10.5 million bushels), California (4.8 million), Virginia (4.6 million), and Oregon (3 million) will spherical out the highest seven states.

Gala is anticipated to stay the highest selection, with greater than 45 million bushels produced, adopted by Purple Scrumptious (31 million), Honeycrisp (28 million), Fuji (25 million) and Granny Smith (24.6 million).

Though Purple Scrumptious stays the second most produced apple, its manufacturing is down 42 p.c, or 23 million bushels, in comparison with 2018-19 volumes. Against this, Honeycrisp manufacturing elevated 46 p.c, to just about 9 million bushels, over the identical interval.

In response to the USDA, recent apple exports from the US totaled 36.2 million bushels in 2022, a 7% lower from 2021. On the identical time, recent apple imports decreased practically 13% to five .3 million bushels. The US nonetheless maintains a web constructive commerce steadiness, however has but to return to the excessive mark set in 2018, when complete exports had been 48.5 million bushels and the commerce steadiness was 41.6 million bushels.

“With the current information After India eliminated its retaliatory 20 p.c tariff on US apples, we anticipate to see the variety of exports begin to decide up as we rebuild that important market,” Gerlach mentioned.

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