- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

WANATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Experts say Washington apple farmers may be in for higher returns with large crop amounts expected and a decline in apple production in Europe, Mexico and Canada.

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s Aug. 1 forecast estimates this year’s crop will yield 130.9 million, 40-pound boxes (18-kilogram boxes).

World apple market analyst and retired university agricultural economist Desmond O’Rourke tells the Capital Press (https://bit.ly/2x8zrxo) that Europe’s apple crop suffered a 21 percent decline because of frost damage and weather. According to O’Rourke, Mexico is experience a 30 percent drop in its apple production, and Canada’s is down by 5 percent.

He says a weakening dollar may also improve the state’s foreign market opportunities.

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Information from: Capital Press, https://www.capitalpress.com/washington

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