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Orchards bounce back after poor harvest

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:14:14 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 15 2013 12:27:35 PM CDT

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1. An Apple A Day

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -

Wisconsin apple growers said perfect weather should help them bounce back from one of their worst harvests in more than six decades.

The National Agriculture Statistics Service said last year's apple harvest was the smallest since 1945 and only half as big as the year before. Apple production was hurt when a late frost killed blossoms, and a drought that followed didn't help.

But apple growers said weather this year has been nearly ideal. Picking has already started at some orchards, like the Little Farmer northeast of Fond du Lac. General manager Jeremy Klemp told The Reporter Media that it's nice to see some red on the trees.

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