Michigan apple growers expect to harvest record crop

2016 apple crop could be 7 million bushels larger than in 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers say they expect to pick a record crop this year.

The Michigan Apple Committee is forecasting a harvest of 31 million bushels. That would be an increase of 7 million bushels over 2015 and the biggest ever for the state, which averages about 22.8 million bushels annually.

Executive Director Diane Smith of the producer-funded cooperative says Michigan’s output has been rising steadily. She credits technological advances and a rising number of growers planting “high-density” orchards, which have 1,000 or more trees per acre.

The state has more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production on 825 farms.

Michigan Apples are typically shipped from mid-August through the following June.

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