Michigan ships record amount of apples

USDA Market News reports Michigan shipped a record amount of apples from harvest through Christmas.

Diane Smith with the Michigan Apple Committee says record numbers come as no surprise after the Michigan apple industry reported an estimated record crop of 31 million bushels for 2016.

Michigan growers shipped more than 330,000 boxes of apples the week of October 15 and more than 300,000 boxes weekly for the following three weeks. Large shipments continued throughout the year with the week of Christmas reporting 1,200 more boxes than in 2013.

Michigan is the second largest apple producer in the country with more than 11.3 million trees in production.

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