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Posted: Friday, 22 August 2014 5:00PM

Near-Record Apple Crop Expected In Michigan



There will be a lot of apples available in Michigan from this year's crop. The USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago revealed the state's expected crop of 28.74 million bushels on Friday. State Representative Dave Pagel runs an apple shipping business, Dave Pagel Produce in Berrien Springs, and tells us that the crop in Southwest Michigan is a little lighter than other areas.

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The numbers are just under last year's record crop of 30 million bushels. Michigan is the nation's second-largest apple producing state behind Washington. Weather this year has been ideal for a bumper crop

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Michigan Apple Committee executive director Diane Smith says the state's crop is expected to continue to increase in size annually due to high-density plantings of roughly 1,000 trees per acre and better agricultural technology.

   

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