With the Yakima apple harvest nearly completed, this year’s Washington apple crop will be one of the largest in history. Latest figures from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association projects a crop of 138.2 million fresh-packed boxes which is up slightly from the 137.2 forecast in August.
“Although late-season cold weather decreased totals for some later harvested varieties, larger totals on earlier varieties and excellent quality are contributing to strong pack-outs and keeping the projected overall fresh crop close to the earlier forecast,” Jon Devaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, stated in a written release. “It is clear that the 2019 apple crop is showing excellent eating quality which is being reflected in strong weekly shipment numbers.”
Gala was the top variety, making up 23.5 percent of the overall Washington apple crop. Red Delicious was second at 19.7 percent and Fuji was third at 13.1 percent.