U.S. apple industry expects production below USDA forecast
In a release, USApple said the national industry recently convened at its 120th annual conference and estimated the 2015 crop would be 234.8 million bushels, which is 7.4 million bushels down on a United States Deparment of Agriculture (USDA) forecast made on August 12.
"We are looking forward to an excellent apple crop in 2015 with great tasting, fresh apples being harvested steadily through November. Flavors will be exceptional and there will be a wide selection of varieties for all tastes," noted USApple president Jim Blair.
"The industry's export earnings and sales volumes reached new records last year and we look forward to another successful season."
The group said more than 300 people attended the conference in Chicago, including 57 people from 15 foreign countries.
"It's clear this conference has become the go-to source for critical apple industry information," Blair said.
"We're thrilled with the growth."