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FRUIT
Released October 15, 2002
Seasonal
No. 975-5-02  
 

NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCTION DOWN 35 PERCENT

Apple production in New York is forecast at 650 million pounds, down 10 percent from the August forecast and 35 percent below the 2001 crop of 1.00 billion pounds. Crop potential was lower this season due to a series of frost events during late April following an unusually warm spring. Hot, dry conditions during the summer months further reduced yields. As producers began harvest of some earlier varieties, they realized the overall effect of these weather conditions. Apple blocks have been picking out shorter than expected and overall fruit size has been smaller than normal. Recent rains, courtesy of Hurricane Isadore, could help sizing on later varieties. New York ranks second nationally in apple production behind Washington. U.S. apple production for the 2002 crop year is forecast at 8.91 billion pounds, down 3 percent from the August 1 forecast and 7 percent below 2001.

TOTAL APPLE PRODUCTION: Selected States and United States

State Production
Million pounds 1,000 42-pound equivalents
2000 2001 2002 2000 2001 2002
New York 995.0 1,000.0 650.0 23,690 23,810 15,476
California 1/ 650.0 700.0 600.0 15,476 16,667 14,286
Michigan 800.0 880.0 520.0 19,048 20,952 12,381
New England 1/ 2/ 187.3 179.3 151.5 4,460 4,269 3,607
Ohio 1/ 103.0 86.0 80.0 2,452 2,048 1,905
Pennsylvania 475.0 480.0 390.0 11,310 11,429 9,286
Virginia 320.0 310.0 250.0 7,619 7,381 5,952
Washington 6,000.0 5,100.0 5,400.0 142,857 121,429 128,571
United States 3/ 10,663.7 9,629.1 8,910.6 253,898 229,264 212,157
1/  Estimates for current year carried forward from earlier forecast.
2/  Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.
3/  National total includes amounts for other states not listed.

NEW YORK GRAPE PRODUCTION DOWN 3 PERCENT

The 2002 New York all grape crop is forecast at 145 thousand tons, up 7 percent from the August forecast but 3 percent below last year's production of 149 thousand tons. Good growing conditions during August and September improved crop expectations for the spring freeze damaged crop. Beneficial rainfall throughout September helped increase berry size. Concord harvest began in late September, and by October 1 was at its peak with good Brix levels reported. On Long Island, the Chardonnay harvest is underway, and Merlot harvest is set to begin in mid-October. U.S. grape production is forecast at 7.27 million tons, up 2 percent from the August 1 forecast and 11 percent above 2001.

TOTAL GRAPE PRODUCTION: Selected States and United States

State Production
2000 2001 2002
Tons
New York 154,000 149,000 145,000
Arizona 1/ 20,000 15,500 8,400
California 1/ 7,059,000 5,962,000 6,670,000
Michigan 87,200 28,900 30,000
Ohio 1/ 7,700 6,000 5,000
Oregon 1/ 18,600 22,800 23,300
Pennsylvania 63,000 61,500 42,000
Washington 265,000 283,000 320,000
Other States 1/ 2/ 13,500 23,800 25,600
United States 7,688,000 6,552,500 7,269,300
1/  Estimates for current year carried forward from earlier forecast.
2/  Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
     Beginning in 2001 includes Texas and Virginia, excludes South Carolina.