Michigan Apple Growers Project a Record 2023 Harvest: Proper Storage Ensures Its Value
An above-average apple crop of 32 million bushels of apples is anticipated for Michigan in 2023. The state harvested a record 32.38 million bushels of apples in 2022, well above the average annual crop size of 24 million. Over 750 family farms in Michigan grow nearly 15 million apple trees, which produce each season's yield.
The proper storage systems for this commodity are critical to ensure it remains fresh, viable, and lasts throughout the season. Assessing various methods through expert consultation is the proactive approach necessary for a successful year.
Michigan Apple Harvest Seasons
The high-volume apple harvest season begins every August in Michigan, with peak months in September and October. These critical times require hard work and planning, including storage capacity and efficiencies of all systems to maintain this product to yield the highest output for the season.
The ideal storage temperature for apples is 30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. The length of time apples remain good in storage depends on the harvest date and the storage method since that time. Apples should be kept in containers lined and covered with polyethylene to help retain the humidity.
- A highly effective method of quickly cooling produce to reduce deterioration, maintain quality, and increase shelf life.
- Uses water to rapidly cool fruits and vegetables without causing any damage or loss of moisture.
- Maintains fruits and vegetables for an extended period.
- Customized storage system for any specific operation.
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