North Georgia is the center of the state's apple industry. Unlike those from other states, Georgia apples are sold primarily for the fresh market. From late summer to early winter, Georgia's apple houses are bustling with business.

An apple's size, shape, and color depend on the variety. Georgia's most popular varieties include Ozark Gold and Paulard, (July and August); Red Delicious and Golden Delicious (July through December); Rome Beauty and Mutzu Crispin (August through December); Empire, Jonagold and Jonathan (August through September); and Arkansas Black, Fuji, Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap and Yates (October through December).

UGA Extension provides both producers and home gardeners a variety of information to help have the best output with the least amount of labor possible.

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Impact Statements: Apples Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics IPBGG faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Apples are Peaking; Choose the Best Preservation Method Information regarding several methods of apple preservation.

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Top Apple Producers
County Name Value
Rabun $529,600
Habersham 288,000
Carroll 158,400
Murray 144,000
Haralson 57,600
Taylor 36,000
Mitchell 28,800
Cobb 28,800
Fulton 25,600
Polk 13,600
State Total: $1,317,740

Displaying farm gate values for 2017. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.