The new season Washington apple crop has started this week with limited availability. The general harvest should start within the next 10 days. Early reports indicate that this is the largest volume crop in Washington state history with a total crop estimate of 141 million bushels. This is a 20% increase up from the 2013-2014 season which ended up with 113 million bushels.
This increase in volume is primarily in the Galas, Honeycrisp, Fuji’s and Granny Smith. The Red Delicious volume remains about the same as in previous years. In general, the peak sizes will be 72’s, 88’s and 100’s on most all varieties. However, with the increase in the overall volume we expect good availability on most sizes.
The weather in Washington overall has been conducive towards a good growing season and packers remain optimistic about the quality and condition of the apples so far.