Bramley down 20% Dramatic reductions in this year's Bramley crop have been forecast by Adrian Barlow, chief executive of English Apples and Pears. While the season is still several weeks away, Barlow estimates the English harvest could be as much as 20% lighter than last year. "While the expected 65,000 tonnes should be adequate for fresh demand, the real impact will be on the processing trade," he added. There has been both a heavy run-off (when trees shed many of their young frutlets) and a higher incidence of scab. There would also appear to be little potential support from Ireland where English Apples & Pears estimates that there will be a 50% fall in yields producing a reduced crop of 25,000 tonnes. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}