Non Citrus Fruit report
Non citrus fruit crops are in good shape and good supply this fall which could mean lower prices for growers.
Production of several fall-time fruit crops is forecast to up from last year
PEREZ:“The 2019-2020 marketing year for many non citrus fruits in already underway and we’ve have variable weather. Based on the USDA NASS forecast we see steady to higher production for some of the non-citrus fruit crops such as apples, peaches, pears. This may lead to some downward pressure on 2019-2020 marketing year grower prices.”
That is Agriculture Department research economist Agnes Perez.
She says apple production is going to be up roughly 4 percent from a year ago largely due to production increases in California and Washington.
Pear production is also up in California but flat on a nationwide basis. Meanwhile the reports show a 14 percent increase in the production of peaches nationally due to increases in California and other major peach growing states. Adequate moisture lead to the increase in peaches.
And although US grape production is expected to decline 1 percent year over year, California’s table grape production is expected to result in the same amount of fresh grapes as last year.