WENATCHEE – Experts say Washington apple farmers may be in for higher returns with large crop amounts expected and a decline in apple production in Europe, Mexico and Canada.
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s Aug. 1 forecast estimates this year’s crop will yield 130.9 million, 40-pound boxes.
World apple market analyst and retired university agricultural economist Desmond O’Rourke told the Capital Press that Europe’s apple crop suffered a 21 percent decline because of frost damage and weather. According to O’Rourke, Mexico is experience a 30 percent drop in its apple production, and Canada’s is down by 5 percent.
He said a weakening dollar may also improve the state’s foreign market opportunities.
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