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Bob Larson Cosmic Crisp Exceeds Expectations Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: June 29, 2018

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With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Uncharted Territory. That’s just one of the words used to describe the acreage of Cosmic Crisp apples after it was anticipated to reach 5.8 million acres in 2018..

Proprietary Variety Management’s Kathryn Grandy says demand has exceeded expectations …

GRANDY … “We’re looking at shipping somewhere around 6.7 to 6.8 million. We’re completing our shipments right now and plantings going very well this Spring. And, the excess of trees were snatched up by the apple industry in Washington. And, everybody seems to remain quite enthusiastic about Cosmic Crisp.”

Grandy says never before …

GRANDY … “This is really a first. As we all know, the apple industry in Washington is the largest in the country and our industry has really collaborated together to launch this new apple variety.”

Asked if it’s growers planting new acres or growers replacing other varieties, Grandy says …

GRANDY … “You know, I’m asked that question often and I think it’s really a combination of both. I think there’s new ground being planted definitely, and there’s quite a bit of grafting over or pulling and replanting new varieties.”

She says unfortunately, the trend is moving away from certain varieties like Red and Golden Delicious, but there are other varieties that have been lagging in the market that are also in danger of losing acreage.

Tune in tomorrow to hear what’s next for the Cosmic Crisp and when we should see them in grocery stores.

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