Apple Notes

Apple Notes

Some Apple Notes. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

There have been a number of odd items regarding the apple industry that I felt were too important to pass up so I gathered several together including the Michigan Processing Apple Growers announced August 29 that its marketing committee has negotiated minimum prices for processing apples with several of Michigan's processors. The price schedule looks very much like that negotiated for the 2011 crop. The price for Jonathan apples 2 ½ inches or larger is $14 per hundredweight.

The apple harvest in Mexico is being called "complicated." The apple harvest in Nuevo Ideal and Canatlan is still not good, not only has the number of orchards decreased but much fruit is also being discarded, as its size doesn't meet commercial standards. The trees are stressed and have multiple diseases.

?And finally The 2013-2014 U.S. apple production is forecasted to be the 12th largest crop, increasing 13% from last year, totaling 243.3 million boxes. It is no surprise that the nation's crop size is up significantly from last year after Michigan and East Coast experienced devastating freezing temperatures. Michigan may see a record crop this year.

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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