(July 28, 4:41 p.m.) Things are looking up for New York’s apple crop this year, although not as high as the state’s growers would like them to be.

Projections call for production to be down at least 2.5 million bushels compared to the five-year average.

In a conference call in late July, dozens of New York growers discussed projections for this season’s apple crop after June storms claimed some fresh-market apples. Peter Gregg, spokesman for the New York Apple Association, Fishers, said the group estimated 22.5 million 42-pound bushels total for the season.

“We’re going to be relying heavily on our packinghouses to squeeze every last fresh apple out of this crop,” Gregg said.

Last season, New York produced almost 31 million bushels of apples, a record crop for the state. Gregg said the five-year average is closer to 25 million bushels.

Fewer fresh-market apples

Before the storms, 17 million bushels of those apples were slated to go to the fresh market. Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, said in June that he expected at least 12 million bushels going to markets in great shape.

Gregg said the grower consensus during the conference call is that more of this year’s crop will go to processed than in a normal year.

“Things are looking better than they did in June,” Gregg said. “The quality of fruit that was not affected by those storms is in excellent shape. You take away those storms and we had an ideal growing season.”

(Web Editor's note: When initially posted on July 28, this story, in the second paragraph, incorrectly reported statistics related to projected production amounts. The error has since been corrected).