[12/12/17] 2017 Apple Harvest Was Largest In Washington History
The numbers are in- the 2017 apple harvest was the largest in Washington history.
The state Tree Fruit Association released their post harvest report, which estimates the state produced more than 142 million 40-pound boxes of apples. That beat out the previous record of 141 million set in 2014.
Todd Fryhover, President of the Washington Apple Commission says records have been broken three of the last five harvests..
121217 Apple Harvest :29 “…fresh cartons of apples.”
Fryhover says acreage devoted to apples has continually increased since 2011. Primarily newer, higher density orchards – essentially more trees in tighter spaces – what Fryhover called economics per acre. He said most apple orchards are in the Yakima Valley, followed by the Columbia Basin, Okanogan and Chelan Valleys and finally Wenatchee Valley.