GRAND RAPIDS (GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Michigan's apple growers will harvest approximately 30 million bushels of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate announced in late August at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago, where the Michigan Apple Committee was in attendance.
Compare that 30 million to one year ago when only about 3 million bushels were harvested after an unusual warm spell in early spring made the trees bloom too early - followed by a very severe, killing frost that all but wiped out Michigan's 2012 fruit crops.
"Our growers, packers and shippers are already moving Michigan apples into the marketplace and are thrilled with the estimates for this year's crop," said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. "There's a lot of buzz around the estimate here in Chicago and in our state. Growers are looking forward to a successful harvest season."
According to the MAC, apples are one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the world, with about 130 billion pounds produced worldwide in 2004 in 91 countries on about 13 million acres. Thirty-five states in the U.S. produce apples with an estimated value of $1.76 billion.
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