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What to expect for this year's apple harvest crop

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YAKIMA, WA - With this heat, we might be forgetting fall is just a little over a month away, and so is apple harvest season.

Washington State Tree Fruit Association is sharing their predictions on how many apples we'll be seeing. This year's forecast is predicting 131 million box crop of fresh apples.

Every year at the end of July, Washington State Tree Fruit Association surveys their members on the fall apple crop. This year the forecast is down by 2 percent compared to last year's 134 million box crop, but a lot can change between now and the end of apple season.

"It can still come in higher than last year, or it can come in even lower than our estimate because there are still several months of growing," said Jon Devaney, President of Washington State Tree Fruit Association. "Many of our apple varieties don't finish till the beginning of November, so there is still a lot that can take place that can affect those totals."

In these predictions, the Association found an increase in the production of organic apples, with 18.9 million boxes. 

Though it should be noted not everything that is produced as organic will be marked. Organic apples are a premium product, and they are run by the highest standard.

Devaney mentioned he wants people to go out and try all different types of apples, as there are so many different variations nowadays.