Bumper apple harvestsThis article was originally published in Foodnews
MICHIGAN, the USA's third-largest apple producing state, is expecting a bumper crop. Growers expect to harvest about 24 million bushels (457 000 tonnes), up from last year's crop of 13.5 million bushels. The harvest, which usually begins in late August, should arrive a week later than normal, partly due to cool temperatures this summer. The harvest in New York State (the second-largest producing state; Washington is the biggest) will be at least as big as last year's 29.8 million bushels.