Apple Harvest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An April freeze that damaged apple crops in Ohio and left some growers without crops also affected other states.

Apple crops in Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and southern portions of Illinois and Indiana were hurt along with those in southern Ohio.

The U.S. Apple Association forecasts a national crop of about 212.5 million bushels, down 10 percent from last year and down 6 percent from the five-year average.

Association Vice President Jim Cranney said consumers aren't expected to see much of an impact in what they pay for apples, especially since other parts of the country weren't affected by the frost.

He said some growers may have crop insurance to help them absorb more of their losses, but losses could force some growers out of
the business.

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