NY apple harvest was down in 2021

New York apple utilized production in 2021 totaled 1.33 billion pounds, down 4% from 2020, according to Donnie Fike, state statistician of the USDA’s NASS, New York Field Office.

Apple bearing acreage was estimated at 44,000, unchanged from the previous year. The average yield was 30,500 pounds per acre, down 1,000 pounds from the previous year.

Of the total apple utilized production, 753 million pounds were for the fresh market and 576 million pounds were for processing. The value of the crop totaled $345 million, up 5% from the previous season, with an average annual price of 25.9 cents per pound.

In New York, heavy rains in September hindered fresh harvest and may have contributed to a lower yield and an increase in the amount allocated to processing.

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