Good Va. Apple Harvest Expected Despite Drought

August 17, 2010

Virginia apple growers are expecting a normal harvest this year despite high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Monday that some earlier variety apples may be smaller than normal because the heat has slowed growth. But the sugar content is up.

Later varieties are expected to be normal sized.

Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr says the state produces between five million and 5.5 million bushels of apples in a normal year.

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