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Record apple crop projected

WENATCHEE, Wash. — This year’s apple crop in Washington is estimated at a record 113 million boxes.

The Wenatchee World reports the Dec. 1 estimate is 3 percent higher than Nov. 1 estimate from the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association and the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association.

The previous record in 2004 was 105 million 40-pound boxes.

The manager of the Yakima association, Keith Mathews, says the late harvest was greater than anticipated because growers kept fruit on trees longer to compensate for a cold spring.

The paper says as of Dec. 7, about a quarter of the apple crop had been shipped.