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Wisconsin apple growers preparing for big fall harvest

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Unlike last year, Wisconsin apple growers are gearing up for a big harvest this fall.

Growers in the Fond du Lac area say they’ve been blessed by almost perfect growing weather. Picking has already begun in some orchards, while others expect to begin their harvests this weekend.

It’s quite an improvement from 2012, when apple production was the state’s lowest since 1945. That’s because a warm, early spring came before a late frost – spooking much of the crop, and killing it for the year.

Last summer’s drought didn’t help, either. It all added up to a 50 percent decrease in Wisconsin apple production from 2011.

Apple grower Rose Petrie told Fond du Lac Reporter Media that her orchards were not hampered by frost or cold temperatures this year.