Peach Output Sinks 7%



WASHINGTON - Aug 10/17 - SNS -- United States grape production for 2017 is forecast at 7.50 million tons, down 2% from last year, according to the latest USDA production estimate's of the season.

In California, Freestone mid-season peach harvest continued. Demand was reported to be steady. A prevailing concern was labor for harvest as growers were concerned they will not have enough workers to harvest their full crop.

In Georgia and South Carolina, peach producers suffered extremely large crop losses this year. Low chill hours, early bloom from warm winter temperatures, and a late spring freeze drastically reduced this season's crop. Mostly favorable conditions were reported in Pennsylvania and New Jersey this season.

Peach Production - States and United States: 2016 and Forecasted August 1, 2017
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                    :                     Total production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------
                    :            2016             :            2017
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                    :                           tons
                    :
Alabama ............:             3,300                         2,000
California .........:           569,000                       580,000
  Freestone ........:           247,000                       280,000
  Clingstone .......:           322,000                       300,000
Colorado ...........:            13,730                        11,500
Georgia ............:            43,300                        10,500
Idaho ..............:             7,770                         6,000
Illinois ...........:             5,940                         5,500
Maryland ...........:             2,250                         3,900
Michigan ...........:            10,600                         7,000
                    :
Missouri ...........:             3,050                         4,200
New Jersey .........:            19,980                        24,000
New York ...........:             2,750                         7,000
North Carolina .....:             3,600                         4,200
Ohio ...............:             1,570                         3,500
Pennsylvania .......:            16,000                        19,000
South Carolina .....:            63,300                        12,500
Texas ..............:             4,400                         4,700
Utah ...............:             5,160                         3,700
Virginia ...........:             3,900                         6,000
Washington .........:            12,530                        14,000
West Virginia ......:             3,500                         6,000
                    :
United States ......:           795,630                       735,200
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