MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin apple growers are reporting a much better crop this summer than last, which was the worst in more than six decades.
Last year's apple harvest came in as the state's smallest since 1945 and only half as big as the 2011 crop, according to data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service. Trees blossomed early due to a warm spring, but they were then hit by a late frost and drought conditions through the summer.
Apple growers say weather this year has been nearly ideal and their orchards are benefiting.
Picking has already started at some orchards in the Madison area, but many varieites are not expected to be available till later in August.
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