USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Fresh market peach production is forecast as 12,500 tons, and processing production is forecast at 7,500 tons. Michigan peach growers expect a full crop in 2011. Some growers reported thinning trees to avoid over production.
The U.S. peach production is forecast at 1.13 million tons, down 2% from 2010. Twelve of the 23 Freestone peach estimating States expect decreases in production from last year, while eight States increased their production from the previous season, and three States showed no change. Freestone production, at 697,140 tons, is down 3% from last season.
The California Clingstone crop is forecast at 430,000 tons, down slightly from a year ago. The California Freestone crop is forecast at 385,000 tons, unchanged from 2010. The South Carolina peach crop is forecast at 90,000 tons, down 18% from 2010. Georgia's peach crop is forecast at 40,000 tons, unchanged from 2010. In New Jersey, production is forecasted at 32,000 tons, down 11% from last year. Pennsylvania peach growers anticipate harvesting 25,400 tons this season, a 20% increase from a year ago.