posted on October 09, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Denise Donohue
(DeWitt, Mich.) - Cooperation from Mother Nature in the form of cool temperatures and heavy summer rains is paying off for Michigan Apple growers as records indicate one of the best starts to the selling season in recent history.
According to USDA statistics, Michigan Apple shippers moved nearly 990,000 cases of fresh-packed Michigan Apples in September - the most movement during the month since 1999.
"These record sales are especially momentous for the industry having rebounded from last year's harvest when production was down substantially due to adverse weather," said Denise Donohue, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. "We knew this year we had a bountiful crop in the making so hitting this decade-long milestone is certainly icing on the cake."
On average, Michigan produces about 20 million bushels of apples, according to the USDA. This year's projection is estimated to be 26 million bushels, with the crop maturing about a week later than normal.
Harvest is in full swing in Michigan with most varieties now available. The state, which is the third largest apple producing state in the nation, grows 20 different varieties of apples for the commercial market.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.