State Apple Forecast is Not Improving
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/16/2012
The forecast for Wisconsin's 2012 apple crop is 20 million pounds, which is a significant drop from the previous year's actual production of 51.4 million pounds of apples.
According to grower reports, the early spring blossom that was later followed by a late spring freeze resulted in significant frost damage to apple orchards. Heavier losses were reported in the southern and central parts of the state.
Meanwhile, the U.S. apple production is forecast at 8.07 billion pounds, down 14 percent from 2011. This is despite the fact that the state with the largest production, Washington, is forecast to produce 5.70 billion pounds, up five percent from last year's production level.