About 55 percent of the state’s record 2012 apple crop has been shipped, the Washington Growers Clearing House said. Assistant manager Dan Kelly says growers are getting good prices because of poor crops this past year in other apple-growing regions of the country. A 40-pound box of apples is selling for more than $26, compared to $23 in 2012 and $20 two years ago.
Favorable weather in 2012 help the state produce a record crop of 130 million boxes. Growers say they have enough apples in storage to keep grocery stores supplied the rest of the year.