Michigan apple growers estimate 22.5 million bushels this year

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This 2019 photo provided by the Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Molalla, Ore., shows apples that were collected by David Benscoter and EJ Brandt of the Lost Apple Project in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. They are identified as being of the Gold Ridge variety, which is one of 10 apple varieties in the Pacific Northwest that were planted by long-ago pioneers and had been thought extinct. (Joanie Cooper/Temperate Orchard Conservancy via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan apple growers are predicting a good harvest that will look similar to 2019′s haul.

The Michigan Apple Committee said this year’s harvest will be an estimated at 22.5 million bushels, in line with last year’s crop. Diane Smith, executive director of the group that promotes Michigan apples, said she’s hearing reports of a good crop largely free of frost damage from cold May weather.

“Growers used many tools to prevent damage from frost in early May. While some areas of the state were impacted more significantly than others, overall we are hearing reports of a quality crop with minimal frost damage,” she said.

Smith said honeycrisp apples, a consumer favorite, are having an “exceptionally good” growing season.

Michigan typically is the third-largest apple producer in the U.S. behind New York and top-ranked Washington. Michigan apples are sold in 32 states and 18 countries, according to the apple group.

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