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• Despite record rainfall, the North Carolina apple crop yielded reasonably well this year, with 80 percent of normal production in some areas and up to 100 percent in others, depending on variety and location.
MIKE STEPP, right, assists as employee Robert Knowles prunes unproductive wood from an apple tree.
There was good news, bad news and even more bad news for North Carolina apple growers this year.
The good news was that despite record rainfall, the crop yielded reasonably well, with 80 percent of normal production in some areas and up to 100 percent in others, depending on variety and location.
In Henderson County, N.C., where more than 80 percent of the state’sapples are produced, Extension Director Marvin Owings told Southeast Farm Press, this was much better than in 2012, when thanks to late spring freezes the county produced only about 40 percent of a crop.
But the bad news is that all the other apple-growing states are doing better this season too, and now the market is awash in apples. That is having a negative effect on price, though not on all segments of the apple economy.
“Actually, prices and movement for fresh fruit seem to be holding pretty well,” said Owings. “But our processing and juice prices are not good at all.”
It is associated with supply and demand, he said.
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This year, the entire East Coast has fruit, which is just the opposite of last year when only Pennsylvania had any significant production.