North Carolina Apple Growers Take Hit

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Apple growers in North Carolina may have lost 80 percent of their crop this year.

The Charlotte Observer reported the combination of an early spring that prompted the trees to bloom and a late cold snap has devastated the crop in Henderson County, the state's top apple producer.

North Carolina's apple crop is usually worth about $24 million.

Peggy Laughter with the North Carolina Apple Growers Association says the damage varied, depending on the way cold air moved through mountain valleys. Laughter says she lost 90 percent of her crop.

Dave Butler of Skytop Orchard near Flat Rock says he expects a full crop.

Henderson County extension director Marvin Owings says there will be apples for the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville next week.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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