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Heat Wave Could Affect Apple Crop


WASHINGTON -- Record high temperatures in the Pacific Northwest could hurt Washington's apple harvest. Washington is the nation's top apple growing state.

Washington state leads the U.S. in apple production, and growers say they still expect to have good fruit this year despite temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s this summer. Growers have been applying special clays and waxes to their trees to protect them from the scorching heat.

Elsewhere in the nation, apple growers say they expect a good year, despite some bad weather.

In New York state, the country's No. 2 apple producer, growers expect this fall's harvest to be at least as big as last year's nearly 30 million bushels.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases its forecast for the 2009 apple harvest next week.