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Apple crop recovered this year after bad 2012

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HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Last year, hot March days and a cool April left farmers in the area with a small apple crop. This year, they're back up again.

Fall is right around the corner, and that means apple-picking. Pickers can expect big, juicy apples this year.

"We've had a lot of rain this year," said Jeff Macqueen, owner of Macqueen Apple Orchard. "All that does for an apple is just swells, it makes them bigger and bigger and bigger, so there will be big fruit this year."

In April of 2012, Macqueen had to bring out a fan to generate warm air to keep the apple blossoms from dying overnight, after blooming early in March.

"Last year was almost a total disaster," Macqueen said. "We had probably about a 20-30 percent crop."

This year is a different story.

"Cool days, all the way - March, April and into May," he said. "That's great for an apple grower."

The gradual warm up this year allowed the apple trees to bloom properly.

"On a whole here on our farm, we're about 80 percent," said Macqueen. "We did have a little bit of a frost damage, but we still have plenty of apples."

The entire state of Ohio is at 100 percent for this year's apple crop. Macqueen says consumers can expect lower prices compared to last year.

"But they're probably going to be a little more than what they were two years ago, just due to the fact of cost of everything rising," he said.

Consumers can start picking apples Sept. 21.

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