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Farm News: Historically Bad Year For WI Apples And Cherriescomments
We knew that fruit production in Wisconsin last year was bad - but it took numbers to show just how bad.
Most Wisconsin apple growers struggled with this year’s crop due to the early spring. There were several reports of trees not producing any apples in 2012. Total apple production in 2012 was the lowest in Wisconsin since 1945. Total was 23.6 million pounds, with 21.4 million pounds of utilized production.
The early spring in Wisconsin drastically hindered the tart cherry crop in Wisconsin. Production in Wisconsin was the lowest since 2008, when only 500,000 pounds of cherries were harvested. Wisconsin farmers harvested 1.7 million pounds of tart cherries in 2012, down 75 percent from 2011. Yields were down 73 percent to 1,060 pounds per acre. Prices increased dramatically, from $0.285 in 2011 to $1.110 per pound in 2012.