DOOR COUNTY -- Wisconsin apple growers say they're hopeful to bounce back from one of their worst harvests in decades. And area orchards say so far, things are looking bright.
Wood Orchard in Door County has been in the family for decades. And owner Steve Wood says the crop is right where it should be.
"We came through the spring in good shape," said Wood. "So we have a big apple crop. I think all over Door County we have a nice apple crop."
Wood plans to pick the apples by the second week in September. And if all goes well, he hopes to harvest around 8 million apples this year.
Last year, however, was a different story. An early thaw, followed by a late frost, hurt apple growers across the state.
Wood says he ended up with only about 60% of his normal crop.
Overall, the National Agricultural Statistics Service says last year's apple production was the lowest since 1945.
Despite the loss, Wood says his crop wasn't hit has hard as those farther south.
"Last year was a disaster. We lost 90% of our apples," explained Lisa Klein, Owner of Armstrong Apples Orchard & Winery. "Last year, the apples that we did have, were the worst apples we've ever seen."
Klein, say it was a rough 2012 for the fruit. Despite the apples arriving little later this year with the cooler weather, she says the crop is bouncing back.
"The apples are gorgeous. They're beautiful. They're plentiful. They look nice and healthy again, they don't look stressed," Klein said.
The apple season generally lasts from mid-August through October.
Wisconsin wasn't the only state to suffer from poor apple production last year.
The USDA says total U-S apple production across the country was down four percent.
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