NY apple growers expect above-average harvest - New York News

NY apple growers expect above-average harvest

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman tells The Saratogian (http://bit.ly/1tUlfCy ) that growers in the state are expected to harvest more than 30 million bushels this fall. Last year, they picked a record 32 million bushels. The average is around 29 million bushels.

The 2014 harvest officially started on Aug. 15.

Two good years in a row is a big turnaround from the disaster of 2012, when some farms lost 100 percent of their fruit in an April freeze that followed an early warmup.

New York has about 55,000 acres of orchards in production.

The New York Apple Association's website tells where to find orchards (www.nyapplecountry.com ).

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