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Experts Think Apricot Harvest Will be Biggest in Recent Years

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- It's shaping up to be a great year for apricot growers in our region. Industry experts are predicting a near record crop for the fruit.

Local growers say they're already seeing great signs from this year's apricot crop.

Mark Barrett owns Barrett Orchards in Yakima. He says his organic apricots bloomed early this year because of the warm weather we saw in April.

He anticipates getting the fruit off the trees by early July.

And he's not the only one seeing success. Experts think this year's crop will produce about 5,900 tons. The second largest crop in the past 13 years.

"A lot of new blocks have been planted and so we have an increase in production going on anyway. Cause I know there is some frost damage around on some of the older blocks," Barrett said.

Barrett says the recent cold snap did hurt some of the fruit, but because more people are planting apricots, he's not surprised to hear about the big crop.

Experts say the fruit should also be above average in size too, because of the good weather.

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