Nov 10, 2012
Washington state selling record high amount of apples

Washington apple shippers and packers say this year’s fresh apple crop will reach record highs despite early worries about hail damage and not enough pickers.

The apple crop is expected to hit 121.5 million boxes, according to a recent poll by Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association.

That number of 40-pound boxes is what Jon DeVaney, the association’s executive director, said they estimate based on what packers currently have in storage. It reflects the apples that they think will be packed for fresh market, and does not include processing apples.The nationwide shortage of apples has spiked demand for Washington’s fruit, DeVaney said. The Kansas City Star

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