Michigan's apple crop looks to make a comeback
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 02:55:59 GMT —
More than ninety percent of Michigan's apple crop was wiped out last year by widespread freezes, but the mitten looks to lead the midwest in comeback numbers this fall.
Nationwide apple crop production is expected to be up this year with Michigan estimated to produce nearly thirty million bushels.
Northern Michigan growers said the major factor is the weather - and the hot days and cool nights are what's making this year's crop great.
"I think that it will help because there was a shortage all over the state, Michigan, last year," said Efi Rojas, the manager at Altonen Orchards in Elk Rapids. "So I think definitely all the farmers are happy this year to see that it's definitely a lot better than last year."
If the crop turns out as expected it could pump 900 million dollars into the state economy.