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Michigan apple growers expected to harvest 22.5 mln bushels in 2020

Experts expect apple growers in Michigan will harvest 22.5 million bushels -or 946 million pounds- of apples this year. The Michigan Apple Committee reports Michigan’s official 2020 apple crop estimate is in line with the size of the 2019 crop.

Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee: “Many factors contribute to the size of an apple crop, including weather and the size of the previous year’s crop. To make the estimate, growers and other industry experts report on what they are seeing in various regions of the state, then come to a consensus on the crop size estimate.”

According to the USDA, Michigan harvested 22.5 million bushels of apples in 2019. There are more than 14.9 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 34,500 acres on 775 family-run farms in Michigan. quoted Smith as saying: “Growers used many tools to prevent damage from frost in early May. While some areas of the state were impacted more significantly than others, overall we are hearing reports of a quality crop with minimal frost damage. Growers report that Honeycrisp, in particular, are looking exceptionally good this year, which means we’ll have great opportunities for retail programs for that consumer favorite variety.”

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