Washington State: Estimated apple harvest down 5.3%

From Fresh Plaza | 12 November 2021

Overview of the Washington Apple season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on November 11, 2021. 

Officials at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association have lowered their 2021 estimate of the statewide apple harvest by 5.3%, adjusting their forecast down from 124.85 million to 118.255 million boxes.

Jon DeVaney, president of the association, said yesterday: “The apple harvest for some Washington varieties is still ending, but based on the volumes harvested so far, our members expect a decrease. Our members report smaller harvests of some varieties, such as Honeycrisp, Galas and Red Delicious. The high temperatures at the beginning of the season affected what was eventually harvested in some cases. The organic harvest is still projected to exceed 15 million boxes.”

Volumes (in Kg) of organic apples from Washington in the US Market
Volumes (in Kg) of organic apples from Washington in the US Market

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

“Despite the smaller harvest, we are seeing high-quality fruit and consumers can expect delicious Washington apples in 2022,” he added. The new estimate of 118.255 million boxes would be a decrease of 3.1% from the apple harvest of 122 million boxes of 2020 and 12.1% less than the harvest of 134.5 million boxes of 2019.

Volumes (in Kg) of apples from Washington in the US Market
Volumes (in Kg) of apples from Washington in the US Market

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

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