California apple crop down

California's 2008 apple crop forecast is 160,000 tons, down 7 percent from 2007, according to the California USDA-NASS field office.

Acreage is estimated at 19,500 acres, resulting in a yield of 8.21 tons per acre. California growers are expecting a good apple crop for the 2008 crop year. A frost in April hurt some growers, but overall quality and size are very good. The crop had low pest and disease pressure. Apple acreage continues to decrease, but new varieties and grafts are coming into production.

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