YAKIMA, Wash.-- The apple harvest in Washington is starting to wrap up and growers say despite concerns over labor shortages they're headed for a near-record year.
The Washington Grower's Clearing House says the state could end up shipping over 109 million boxes this year.
They say the crop could have been even bigger, but worker shortages are forcing some growers to skip over less popular varieties to get the moneymakers picked in time.
"As an industry, we're gonna have a great crop and good quality, it's just individual growers around will have loss of money," said Dan Kelly with the Washington Growers Clearing House.
However, crop failures in other states are expected to drive up prices. New York will ship at least 11 million fewer boxes this year than they did last year, and Michigan will be down about 17 million.
Friday, May 24 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:32:22 GMT
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