KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- The apple harvest in Washington typically peaks from late September through October, and this year growers are expecting one of the biggest crops ever.
The Washington Growers Clearing House in Wenatchee estimates the crop at 145 million boxes for both the fresh and processed markets. A box is about 40 pounds.
Mike Gempler of the Yakima-based Washington Growers League told the Tri-City Herald some orchards feel like they'll barely have enough workers for picking.
Washington is the nationÆs top apple grower and produces about 60 percent of the fresh apple crop.