Wisconsin apple growers say crop looking good

CREATED Aug 31, 2014

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  • In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 photo, Moldovan farmer Sergiu Calmac stands at his apple orchard in Harbovat, Moldova. Two weeks before Russia banned most food from the West, it placed a similar embargo on produce closer to home, in Moldova, a small eastern European country seeking deeper ties with the European Union. Farmers there, in one of the poorest corners of Europe, are already feeling the pain, with some deciding not to harvest some of their fruit and vegetables at all this season. (AP Photo/Vitalie Plotnic) Image by The Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin apple growers say they expect their crop this autumn to be good or a little above average.

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/W0fupv ) says growers were concerned after last year's unusually heavy harvest. But this year's crop is shaping up to be more in line with the yield of previous years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced nearly 42 million pounds of apples last year. That was an 18 percent increase from the 2012 growing season, which was hampered when an early thaw was followed by frost and drought.

Anna Maenner runs the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, which has 175 members. She says the trees were still recovering from last year but catching up. She says things are "looking really good" for this season.