Washington apple growers are expecting a crop that's about 5 percent larger than in 2011.
Initial estimates put the state's apple crop at 5.7 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Despite Washington's expected increase, the U.S. apple forecast is down about 14 percent. Washington farmers benefited from a milder growing season, according to the USDA. However, the crop will be lower than expected because of hail damage.
Other states experienced freezes and frost that Washington didn't experience, the USDA said.