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FRUIT
Released October 13, 2004
Seasonal
No. 975-6-04

NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCTION INCREASES

Apple production in New York is forecast at 1.07 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the August forecast and 8 percent above the 2003 crop of 990 million pounds. All three of New York’s primary apple growing regions- Hudson Valley, Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario-reported good bloom, pollination and sizing of fruit. The majority of New York’s increase in apple production is coming from the Central and Western growing regions. Many growers were able to begin harvest a week earlier than last year. Steady rains helped increase fruit size.

 

Fruit set was heavy with some reports of damage from hail storms during the latter part of August. Some areas were affected by remnants of Hurricane Ivan. Despite changing events in weather, growers in all regions are very enthused and optimistic about the apple crop and are expecting another good crop year. U.S. apple production for the 2004 crop year is forecast at 9.46 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the August 1 forecast and 10 percent above 2003.

TOTAL APPLE PRODUCTION: Selected States and United States

State

Production

Million pounds

1,000 42-pound equivalents

2002

2003

 2004

2002

2003

 2004

 

 

  New York

680.0

990.0

1,070.0

16,190

23,571

25,476

  California 1/

470.0

450.0

440.0

11,190

10,714

10,476

  Michigan

520.0

840.0

690.0

12,381

20,000

16,429

  New England 1/ 2/

153.6

178.3

172.3

3,657

4,245

4,102

  Ohio 1/

70.0

90.0

89.0

1,667

2,143

2,119

  Pennsylvania

370.0

442.0

416.0

8,810

10,524

9,905

  Virginia

250.0

270.0

260.0

5,952

6,429

6,190

  Washington

5,100.0

4,500.0

5,400.0

121,429

107,143

128,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  United States 3/

8,523.9

8,613.3

9,458.9

202,950

205,079

225,212

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 DECREASES

The 2004 New York all grape crop is forecast at 145 thousand tons, down 3 percent from the August forecast and down 27 percent from last year’s production of 198 thousand tons. The grape crop is expected to be about average this year. Many growers are hoping for sunny weather to help increase sugar levels in fruit. The rainy weather this summer adversely affected fruit yields and

 

sugar content. Overall, New York growers are very optimistic that with warm weather and sunshine, the fruit that remains in the vineyards will have an opportunity to ripen. U.S. grape production is forecast at 6.07 million tons, down 5 percent from the August 1 forecast and 8 percent below 2003.

TOTAL GRAPE PRODUCTION: Selected States and United States

State

Production

2002

2003

2004

 

Tons

 

 

 

 

  New York

156,000

198,000

145,000

  Arizona 1/

8,400

8,000

4,000

  California 1/

6,696,000

5,790,000

5,500,000

  Michigan

42,700

94,500

54,600

  Ohio 1/

5,800

8,100

7,100

  Oregon 1/

22,000

24,000

26,000

  Pennsylvania

53,200

85,000

65,000

  Washington

332,000

344,000

245,000

  Other States 1/ 2/

22,800

21,130

26,300

 

 

 

 

  United States

7,338,900

6,572,730

6,073,000