Due to recent wildfires in CA, OR, and WA, the original US Apple Association forecast was skewed. With harvest well underway in Washington state, new numbers estimate the crop being downgraded 10% to 15% putting the Western US crop (Washington state) at 168.9 million bushels at -10%. CA and OR numbers were unchanged due to unconfirmed data.
Northwest pear grower-shippers expected a comparatively light crop this year vs. last pear season. A cool and damp spring during pollination has contributed to some of this short fall, and a pocket of hail damage effected some growers significantly. The Pear bureau released its first official 2020-21 crop estimate in August and the forecast called for 16.6 million 44-pound box equivalents of fresh-crop pears
The U.S. Apple Association is forecasting the 2020 apple crop at 253.3 million bushels. A 3% decrease from 2019 and 2% less than the 5-year average.
U.S. Apple Association estimates the following production changes to the 2020 crop compared to 2019...READ MORE
U.S. Apple Association is forecasting the 2019 apple crop at 10.4 billion pounds. Measured in 42-pound bushels, the crop is forecasted to be 247.8 million bushels. The five-year average is... READ MORE
The temperatures in the Pacific Northwest have been cooler than average through Mid-August. The favorable summer growing weather means that Washington growers are expecting a good quality crop. Some locations were hit with powerful thunderstorms August 9th-11th that produced heavy rains, hail, and strong winds. Temperatures are forecasted to rebound in late August and continue with slightly above normal temps in September and October. The 2019 apple harvest is projected to be large, up .... Read More