September 13, 2023
Growers of both freestone and clingstone peaches in California will harvest a larger crop than last year, according to an organization's report.
An official from the Sacramento-based California Canning Peach Association told the state Farm Bureau that this year's harvest will likely exceed the preseason estimate of 212,000 tons. That would be an increase from the 204,440 tons harvested in 2022.
The USDA forecasts state's freestone crop -- grown for the fresh market -- to be 260,000 tons, up from 240,000 tons picked last year.
The Farm Bureau also notes that Bartlett pear growers are expecting a good crop with sizable fruit, even though a cool spring and late bloom delayed harvest by about two weeks.
Harvests of many crops, including peaches and grapes, have been pushed back because spring conditions made the crops slow to develop.
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