Washington 2008 apple crop larger than expectedWashington apple growers say the 2008 crop was larger than expected, but too many of the apples are small. Dan Kelly with the Washington Growers Clearing House told The Yakima Herald-Republic average prices for some red delicious apples have fallen below the cost of production. And Keith Mathews of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association says growers with a majority of smaller fruit will lose money. Small apples are known as 113 size because there are 113 apples in a box. Small apples make up about one-third of the crop of 110 million boxes. The shippers association says the crop was about 11 percent bigger than expected.
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