Ag News: Cosmic Crisp Volume Up and DPI Spent on Food Down
**The Cosmic Crisp continues getting love from the marketplace with volume increasing significantly this season.
Kathryn Grandy, chief marketing officer at Proprietary
Variety Management, tells www.thepacker.com, Cosmic Crisp launched commercially in 2019 with about 650,000 boxes, and is projecting 4.5 to 5 million boxes this season and 8 to 9 million next year.
An Enterprise, Honeycrisp cross, the Cosmic Crisp was developed by Washington State University’s tree fruit breeding program.
**During the 2020 pandemic and recession, the share of U.S. consumers' Disposable Personal Income spent on food decreased 10.1% from 2019 to 8.62%, a 60-year low.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, the share of DPI spent on food was steady over the last 20 years, decreasing from 9.95% to 9.58%.
Consumers spent 1.4% more of their incomes on at home food during that period, while spending 22.2% less of their incomes dining out.
**The USDA’s Ag Research Service has a unique approach of using satellite imagery to predict cattle weight gain on rangelands.
By fusing multiple images over time, scientists were able to monitor how forage quality changes in rangelands and how this relates to the cattle’s weight during grazing season.
It’s essential to know when and where forage production and quality are changing to optimize free-range livestock weight gain and meet environmental objectives.