UPDATE: APPLES – 2022/2023 WASHINGTON CROP FORECAST IS DOWN

August 24, 2022

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) predicts the 2022-2023 Washington State apple crop will be down as much as 11%, compared to the 2021-2022 season.   

Washington

  • The WSTFA projects approximately 108 million cases will be packed during the 2022-2023 season, down from nearly 120 million cases in 2021-2022; cold and rainy weather this past spring is the basis for lower predicted yields
  • Remaining Granny Smith and Red Delicious storage volume is adequate
  • Fuji and Golden Delicious storage supplies are winding down
    • Grade substitutions will be necessary for orders until new crop harvesting begins
    • Prices have increased
    • Remaining apple size is dominated by 88-count and larger fruit
  • New crop Gala apples hit the market this week

Michigan

  • Ideal weather conditions in spring and summer call for an excellent crop
  • Currently, Michigan apple growers are predicting well-above average yields; 29.5 million bushels are predicted, above the average annual crop of 24 million bushels
  • The Michigan season will get underway with varietals next week; Ginger Golds and Paul Reds, for instance
  • Core varieties such as Gala, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp apples will hit the market the week of September 12

Please see the grid below for a quick reference to Washington apple transitions and current size profiles, along with expected start dates for the Michigan crop:

Washington
Availability Fuji Gala Golden Delicious Granny Smith Red Delicious
Storage crop ends: Week of September 5 Done End of September End of September End of September
Current size profile: 72- to 80-count 72- to 88-count 80- to 100-count 80- to 125-count 64- to 100-count
Most limited supplies: 88-count and smaller 100-count and smaller 113-count and smaller 150-count and smaller 150-count and smaller
New crop starts: Week of September 19 Currently shipping Week of September 19 Week of September 26 Week of September 19
Michigan
Availability Fuji Gala Golden Delicious Granny Smith Red Delicious
New crop starts: Week of September 19 Week of September 12 Week of September 12 N/A Week of October 3

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