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Apple crop projected as robust

NEW YORK — An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this year, New York apple growers have reported that a larger crop will enable locals to access the fruits more readily than in years past.

In a conference call held July 25, growers from most regions reported that they expected this year’s crop to be 100 percent or more than their typical crop. They attributed that news to near-perfect growing conditions and recent, new plantings now coming into production.

Growers further said that they expect that the harvest will begin on time and proceed on schedule.

“We will more than rebound from last year, thanks to much more benevolent weather and smart growers who’ve been planting more of what consumers want,” said New York Apple Association President Jim Allen, who hosted the grower conference call. “It’s been a perfect storm, but in a very good way.”

The NYAA grower leaders forecasted the 2013 New York apple crop will easily meet the state’s 5-year average production of 29 million bushels, and recent plantings, that are now coming into production, may exceed 30 million bushels.

This year’s crop comes after early-season freezes last year decimated much of the state’s crop in the bud; the 2012 crop was estimated at 17.1 million bushels.

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