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Wisconsin apple production expected to grow

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MERRILL (WAOW) -- Wisconsin is expected to produce a lot more apples this year.

Federal agriculture officials say the weather wasn't as severe this year, and they predict a 17 percent increase in the state's apple crop.

Overall, Wisconsin should produce more than 43 million pounds of apples, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dave Pagoria, owner at Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill, says his apples look healthy, but he says it's hard to know how much bigger the crop may be. 

"They don't seem very stressed this year," said Pagoria. "I think probably part of that is, is that they've had a lot of rain. Early on it was a tough start, but they've had a lot of rain throughout the year, so they're not stressed at all as far as lack of moisture."

Apple production is also expected to grow across the country, ultimately resulting in about 9.5 billion pounds of apples.

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