Traverse City Record-Eagle

Business

August 11, 2012

Lower harvests for Michigan fruit crops

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan fruit crops — as expected — will produce lower harvests this year because of warm temperatures in March followed by a series of April frosts.

Production forecasts released Friday by the Michigan Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture put this year's state apple crop at 105 million pounds, a fraction of last year's 985 million pound crop. Other states in the eastern U.S. showed similar weather impacts, with New York's apple forecast at 590 million pounds which is about half of last year's harvest. The national apple crop is projected at 8,066 million pounds, down 14 percent from last year. Washington state will produce 5,700 million pounds, a 5 percent increase from last year.

Michigan's grape production will also drop, but much of the damage was confined to the juice grape crop which develops earlier than the wine grapes that dominate northern Michigan's grape production. Michigan grape production is projected at 30,000 tons, down from 94,400 tons produced last year.

1
Text Only

the BIZ

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide