Tree Fruit Association makes predictions on this season’s apple harvest

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WENATCHEE- Washington State Apple growers are expected to harvest a smaller crop this season compared to last year. Steve Hair reports:

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) predicts a fresh pack crop of 131 million boxes of fruit. That’s down two percent from 2017’s 134 million box crop.

WSTFA president, Jon DeVaney says, “Harvest has started for some early varieties, and growers anticipate a crop of excellent quality fruit. Members also report improved sizing over 2017.”

Gala is projected to be the most numerous variety in 2018 at 24 percent of production, with Red Delicious at a projected 21.5 percent.

These varieties are followed by Fuji at 13.5 percent and Granny Smith at 13 percent of total production. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 10.8 percent of the total crop and Cripps Pink at 4.5 percent.

Organic apple production continues to increase, and is forecast to be 14 percent of the total, or 18.9 million boxes.