Washington apple harvest predicted
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2017 Washington state fresh apple crop on Aug. 7.
The 2017 forecast is for a crop of 130.9 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh apples. This is down 1.2 percent from 2016’s 132.9 million box crop, according to information in a press release.
“The 2017 Washington state apple crop looks to be slightly smaller than last year’s crop but will still deliver an ample supply of tasty apples for consumers to enjoy this year,” said Jon DeVaney, WSTFA president, in a press release.
Consumers will have many varieties of Washington apples to choose from. While Red Delicious remains the most numerous variety with a projected 24 percent of production, Gala is close behind at 22.5 percent, followed by Fuji at 14 percent and Granny Smith at 13 percent of total production. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 8 percent of the total crop and Cripps Pink at 5 percent.
By Post-Register Staff