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Apple crop looks good

Rochester, N.Y. - Last year was devastating for apple farmers. But this year is looking to be better than normal.

Last year this tree didn't produce anything, this year I think we'll get two to three bushels, said David Schinsing, owner of Grandview Farm. My whole harvest last year was 30 bushels.

Grandview Farm didnt have enough apples last year for pick your own. But this year Schinsing expects to have ten-percent more apples than an average year for 2013.

I expect 2,000 bushels, said Schinsing.

An ample amount of apples are being found across the state.

We have increased volumes of some of the favorite varieties customers like, said President of New York Apple Association Jim Allen. Of course Empire and Macintosh are very popular, but we have more and more Gala and Honey Crisp and Jonagold available every year.

The increase of apples is being attributed to a number of things.

The trees were certainly not stressed last year so they had all the energy to come out and come in with a very strong bud and a very strong bloom, said Allen. We had excellent pollination weather in the spring and then we've had very warm and moist growing conditions through the summer.

The weather is still cooperating with farmers.

Tuesdays hot temperatures were good for the flavor of the apples.

What it does is it converts the starch to sugar, which makes sweeter apples and sweeter cider couple that with our cooler nights that we had this week and are going to have next week that enhances and brings out the color, said Allen.

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