On Monday, September 16, we harvested Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Empire, Idared, Rome, and Fuji BC2 (a late ripening strain) for this week’s Maturity Report. Based on the apples that we harvested at the AREC, Goldens are moving past the point where they should be harvested for long term storage. Reds are still OK for long term storage, but a few of the Red Delicious apples that we tested had very advanced maturity. Empires are eating well and should be picked soon. Earlier ripening blocks of Romes and Idared should be checked as they are starting to ripen at the AREC. We’re looking to start our Fuji harvest late next week.
Besides for a chance of showers over the weekend, the forecast for the next week continues to look excellent for harvest.