Growers Expect Average Apple Harvest Which Could Help With Pricing
YAKIMA, Wa - An average harvest is a welcome relief for apple growers in the Yakima Valley.
Growers are expecting to harvest about 92-million boxes this year.
That's down from 100 million boxes last year and 105 million the year before.
The Yakima Valley Growers and Shippers Association says with all the competition in the market place. More apples would only drive prices down.
"While consumption of apples has remained relatively consistent over time, even though we've produced more," says Miles Kohl, Executive Director of the Yakima Growers and Shippers Association, "There's still a set amount of time that you can market that product, so the less you have to move in that time, the more strength you have in the market place."
Kohl says the last two years have been a challenge for the industry, especially growers here in the valley.
Record harvests combined with competition from other countries sent prices tumbling down during that time.