Climate has taken a real toll on the apple crop in the U.S.--except for Washington State:
Good apple crop expected despite labor shortage
Labor has been one of the challenges Washington apple growers have faced this year as they try to take advantage of the opportunity created by hard-hit apple crops in the Midwest and East Coast....Some orchardists are finishing up, freeing their workers for other growers, Mayer said. Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Braeburn and Fuji apples are being harvested now. Estimates put the amount of fresh apples at about 108.7 million boxes, each weighing about 40 pounds, Mayer said. The actual harvest won't be known until November. This year, Mayer said he expects to see more apples head to the processed market because of lower apple harvests in the rest of the country. . .
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