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September 17, 2020

Winds, wildfires bite into apple crop

SPOKANE (AP) — Washington's apple crop will be up to 10% smaller than expected because wildfires and extreme windstorms have battered orchards in recent weeks, the Washington Apple Commission said Wednesday.

Washington supplies 65% of the nation's fresh apple crop each year, and the commission in August estimated the 2020 crop would total 134 million 40-pound boxes.

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