SEATTLE (October 19, 2012)—The warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest that tricked apple trees into budding earlier than usual and the untimely frost that damaged the delicate blossoms.
As a result apple farmers in such producing states like New York and Michigan are dealing with severe declines in production that amount to as much as 90 percent in some cases.
Their problems are a boon for Washington State growers, who are already in the midst of a near record harvest, and now looking forward to higher demand and prices for their produce.
Washington Growers Clearing House Association manager Kirk Mayer says there will be more apples shipped from Washington to processing on the East Coast than we've ever seen before.
But Washington growers are hoping a labor shortage doesn't impede them from picking the much-needed apples.