Washington farmers may harvest their second-largest apple crop this year.
Preliminary estimates put this year’s crop at about 120 million 40-pound boxes, said Dan Kelly, assistant manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House.
Projections for this year’s crop are down about 7 percent from last year’s record setting 129 million box crop, which blew Washington’s previous record of 109 million boxes out of the water.
Some growers will begin picking Gala apples this weekend.
Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission, is anticipating an abundant, good quality crop.
“We are very optimistic for another excellent quality crop,” Fryhover said.
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