Fruit farmers in Baden-Württemberg are foreseeing a very decent apple harvest in 2019. The fruit cooperatives and their distribution companies will market around 280,000 tonnes of apples, predicts the Baden-Württemberg cooperative society (BWGV). Overall, the Statistical Office expects to see an apple harvest of 370,000 tonnes in the southwest. "A good three-quarters of these are co-operatively marketed," says Dr. Roman Glaser, president of the BWGV. He calls on German fruit lovers to buy 'local' apples. The fruit markets on Lake Constance and in the Neckar region, with around 250,000 tonnes, are not only the absolute apple heavyweights in Baden-Württemberg. Together with their colleagues from the Altes Land, south of Hamburg, they are also the largest apple marketers in Germany.
The apple harvest began in July with summer varieties Delbardestival, Summerred and Discovery. Elstar will be picked at the end of August and Gala will come in shortly after. These varieties are very well suited for storage in oxygen-reduced cold rooms. Mid-September, the Boskoop and Rubinette varieties are ripe, followed a week later by Jonagold and Jonagored. From late September onwards, the harvest starts for Kanzi and Evelina, which carry under the special label Clubsorte. In October, Braeburn and Fuji will follow with Kiku. The main varieties in the southwest are Elstar, Jonagold and Gala. They make up a good third of all harvested apples.
"The marketing of last year's harvest is coming to an end, so that the new harvest is now seamlessly connected," says Dr. Egon Treyer, Managing Director of Marktgemeinschaft Bodenseeobst eG. In the Lake Constance area alone, a total yield of 250,000 tonnes is expected. For organic apples, the forecasts are about 24 000 tonnes, about 40 percent of the nationwide yield (63 000 tonnes). For the first time on offer is the SweeTango brand, which was planted three years ago. "The first sales show that the red-skinned apples arrive well," says Treyer. For the pears, the producers at Lake Constance expect a final harvest of 5,000 tons, around 3,000 tons of which are Xenia.
Treyer adds: "We assume that even the autumn marketing by a higher demand for domestic apples and pears will grow properly." In the previous year, the self-sufficiency of households had been very large due to the large home garden harvest. Therefore, in addition to the increase in purchasing quantities, an increase in the buyer's reach is to be expected. "After the two difficult years with massive frost losses and declines in revenue, both our fruit growers and we ourselves hope for a successful marketing season with good prices," says Treyer. The 21 fruit, vegetable and horticultural cooperatives and sales organizations in Baden-Württemberg are supported by 5,000 members.
Source: BWGV / Südkurier