Virginia Fruit Production Increases
~ Virginia apples rank 5th in the U.S. and peaches 11th ~
In 2017, total peach production was 7,000 tons, up 3,100 tons from 2016. Bearing acres were estimated at 1,200 acres, unchanged from 2016, with an average yield of 5.83 tons per acre, up 2.58 tons from 2016. Virginia ranks 11th in the nation for peach production.
Total apple production for 2017 was estimated at 225.0 million pounds, up 25 percent from 2016. Apples for processing accounted for 133.0 million pounds of the 2017 crop, up 27 percent from 2016. The number of bearing acres of apples totaled 10,000 acres in 2017, down 300 acres from 2016. The yield per acre was 22,500 pounds, 5,000 pounds more than in 2016. Virginia ranks 5th in the nation for apple production.
Total grape production for 2017 was estimated at 8,810 tons, up 310 tons from 2016. Bearing acres were estimated at 3,300, down 100 acres from 2016, with an average yield of 2.67 tons per acre, up 0.17 tons from 2016.
Peach Tour June 28 in Albemarle County
Reporters who are interested in a tour of a peach orchard may join Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring and Cynthia and Henry Chiles Thursday, June 28, at Chiles Orchard in Crozet.The first sweet and juicy peaches of the season are ready to pick now, and Chiles will have a variety of peaches available through Labor Day. In Henry’s own words, “The orchard is looking beautiful!”
Thursday, June 28, 2:30 p.m.
1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet VA 22939