Every year Michigan fruit growers and processors gather to forecast the yield they expect for the coming season. After a long and harsh winter, there was more than enough reason for concern coming into the 59th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate. However, Michigan farmers are cautiously optimistic for this year’s specialty crops.
Andrew Janson, president of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association, said most in the industry expect overall yields to be slightly below average. “But considering the harsh winter weather we came out of, I think most of them are pleased,” Janson said. Blueberry and apple growers both anticipate yields to be close to last year’s harvest.
Invited to speak at the event was keynote speaker Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). Prior to joining GCCA, Lowell served at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. His expertise in agriculture and frozen food logistics provided great insight for the many fruit growers and processors in attendance.
As a cold chain logistics provider that partners with many central US growers, Hanson is committed to tailoring their services to meet the needs of Michigan fruit producers. We are honored to partner with them and support the industry with our refrigerated warehousing and transportation services.