Strong apple bloom in the East, Northwest

Apple growers across the country look forward to the bloom as an early indicator of the crop and potential volume and sizing in the fall harvest. United Apples Sales, which has orchards and packing operations in upstate New York and packing partners in the Pacific Northwest, pays close attention to what Mother Nature offers with the bloom in late spring and the drop in early summer. Based on reports from the fields in New York and Washington, this crop appears to have a strong start to the apple season after a challenging winter and a wet spring.united

Eastern Region
The New York apple crop looks promising at this point with overall strong bloom conditions during the peak bloom period. “We had great full bloom conditions for most varieties with minimal wind, high temperatures, full sunshine and plenty of bee activity,” said Justin Whipple, procurement manager of United Apple’s operations in western New York. “Thinning the crop to the perfect set is our next task at hand which began last week.”

Whipple also commented that the very wet spring caused an initial delay in field operations and targeted dates for planting new trees but everything else is right on schedule: “We have plenty of young fruitlets on the trees and high moisture in the soils.  We anticipate very good fruit size on virtually all varieties this fall from western New York.”

In the upper Northwest, springtime has been good for Washington and the anticipated 2019 apple crop.  There has been a good progression of maturation on the trees.  “At this point, we are a little bit behind harvest start dates from 2018. There is still of lot of season ahead of us with summer temperature playing a big part in determining actual harvest schedules. We expect a rather large crop coming off the smaller volume from last season (2018 was down 15 percent from the 2017 crop),” said Frank Davis, vice president of national business development.

Overall there are plenty of apples showing on the trees and it is anticipated that the Washington crop will yield a good range of sizing across virtually all varieties. “The later than usual winter held back some regions in thinning — so it’s yet to be seen what the final outcome will be. As we progress into the summer months, we will get a better read on volume and projected harvest dates,” said Davis


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