The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts the 2017/2018 apple crop at 10.4 billion pounds. Measured in 42-pound bushels, the crop is forecasted to be 248.7 million bushels.
This represents 20 million bushels less than 2016, and 2 million bushels below the 5 year average production.
The U.S. Apple Association is predicting similar production volumes.
U.S. Apple Assoc. estimates the following production changes to the 2017 crop compared to 2016:
• 6% increase in production in the Eastern U.S.
• 23% decrease in the Midwest
• 9% decrease in the Western U.S.