US: Michigan apple harvest to start next week

The 2020 apple harvest in Michigan should be right on schedule, according to the Michigan Apple Committee. Ginger Gold and Paula Red varieties should be ready for harvest next week, and Gala apples should come off the trees around September 8. Honeycrisps will follow around September 18. quoted Mark Seetin, Director of Regulatory Policy and Industry Affairs at USApple, the US Apple Association, as saying: “This is projected to be the ninth largest crop, with an estimate of 253.6 million bushels. This is down 3 percent from 2019, which came out to 262.3 million bushels total.”

Michigan’s crop on Friday was estimated at 22.5 million bushels (946 million pounds). The 2020 estimate is the same as was actually harvested in 2019. Each bushel weighs about 42 pounds.

The US 2019 apple crop was the sixth-largest crop in history, the association announced Friday at its 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. The event was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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