NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ55B

center_img NZ now forecasting smaller apple crop than 2018 du … The apple crop in the U.S. state of Washington has been forecast down 2% year-on-year at 131 million boxes, with larger sizing expected than the previous season.The estimate was released on Tuesday by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), which noted that last year the crop had come in at 134 million standard forty-pound boxes.The launch of the forecast comes as exporters face higher tariffs in three of their biggest export markets.“The 2018 Washington state apple crop looks to be slightly smaller than last year’s crop but will still deliver an abundant supply of delicious apples for consumers to enjoy this year,” said WSTFA president Jon DeVaney.“Harvest has started for some early varieties, and growers anticipate a crop of excellent quality fruit. Members also report improved sizing over 2017.”The Gala crop is expected to make up 24% of production, followed by Red Delicious at 21.5%, Fuji at 13.5% and Granny Smith at 13%. Meanwhile, Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 10.8%, and Cripps Pink 4.5%.Organic production will make up around 14% of volumes, but not all will necessarily be marketed as organic fruit.Export challengesWhile good quality and large sizing may bode well for the season in general, the export outlook this year is more complicated than usual.  Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples …last_img read more