While most presentations at the Expo centered on Michigan-centric topics, the looming ‘Cosmic Crisp’ crop was a part of Glade Brosi’s presentation. Brosi, of Storage Control Systems in Sparta, MI, said he didn’t want to alarm the crowd, but growers needed to understand there will be around 12 million trees planted by 2019, with an estimated 5 million boxes of apples coming by 2020. ‘Cosmic Crisp,’ as Brosi explained, is known for its excellent storage capabilities, and it’s going to change the way apple growers evaluate varieties for long-term storage. He says Michigan growers will need to adapt. Quickly.
Article by Christina Herrick, Growing Produce