China’s apple crop bears brunt of intense heat

China’s 2022/23 apple crop is forecast down by over 10% to 41.0 million tons, as high temperatures during bloom reduced fruit set in the top producing provinces of Shaanxi and Shandong.
Mon 19/12/2022 by Richard Wilkinson

Acreage is also contracting as low market returns and government encouragement of grain production prompts some farmers to cut down trees. Some growers are replacing older trees with new varieties, but output from these new plantings is not yet sufficient to offset declines stemming from tree removals. 

Exports are expected to drop 20% to 800,000 tons as reduced supplies shrink shipments to several key markets, especially Indonesia and Bangladesh. Imports are projected up 25,000 tons to 100,000 on greater shipments from New Zealand. 

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