The United States apple crop this year is strongly divided, east and west, into those who have, and those who have not, as Mark Seetin, director of regulatory and industry affairs for the U.S. Apple Association, put it. Strangely enough, that is a worldwide phenomenon.
Canada, no surprise, mirrors the United States, with the haves to the West and the have-nots to the East. There is a good crop on the trees in the western province of British Columbia and virtually no apples in Ontario. There are apples, however, in the provinces further east of Ontario.
In the heart of Europe, there are apples in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine. Apple crops are much diminished all around the European perimeter from Turkey, Italy, and France on the Mediterranean Sea on the south, west through the English Channel to England, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and back east along the Baltic shore to Germany and Latvia.
China, as usual, is expecting a large crop, a record size crop, from a continually growing production base. The crop was pegged at 38.75 million metric tons. In bushels, that’s 2,031 million, about 10 times the U.S. crop size and more than half the world’s production.