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Apple Harvest Well Underway 10/17/2013

Local apple harvest here is well underway and early estimates point to a strong, nearly record-breaking season.

At about sixty percent complete, the apple harvest should end within one or two million boxes of the original estimation said executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association Charlie Pomianek.

Pomianek says the original number for the state-wide harvest was estimated nearly 120 million boxes. That could potentially make this year’s the second largest apple harvest in Washington state history. Last year’s record-breaking crop ended with ten million more boxes, just under 130 million. Each box weighs about 40 pounds.

Pomianek says labor has been tight but adequate and the weather this season has been strong, especially in October now that the September rain and isolated hail has passed…

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Varieties coming off the trees right now include such as Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji and Granny Smith. The Gala and Honeycrisp varieties are winding down, and Braeburn and Pink Lady, will continue through the middle of November...

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Apple sales numbers are also on track for a strong season. Washington Growers Clearing House Assistant Manager Dan Kelly says 2.4 million boxes were shipped out of Washington state...

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We will have further updates on the apple harvest when the first official storage report comes out next month.