YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington growers are expecting another record apple crop.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/tNJqkp ) this year's crop could be the largest ever.
Growers and packers are forecasting a harvest of 140 million boxes of apples. If that happens, it would easily top the 2012 record of 129 million boxes.
Jon DeVaney of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association says they're expecting a good-sized crop of high quality apples.
He credits warm spring weather and more high-density orchards because growers have not increased their acreage in 20 years.
The harvest forecast is just an estimate. Plenty can go wrong between now and November, such as an early frost or hail or too much hot weather.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com