Predicting How The Valley's Apple Crop Will Fare

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TIMBERVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- This fall, the nation's apple crop is expected to be a big one; however, before you clear out the pantry for apple butter, how will the Valley compare to the rest of the United States?

Timberville fruit grower Carroll Ryan, who owns Ryan's Fruit Market, has been growing fruit all his life. He said that this year is good, but most nearby orchards are running a little low.

2013's crop exploded after recovering from a vicious freeze in 2012.

Ryan said the large crop from last year is making it hard for the trees to produce as many buds this year.

"Fruit growers like cold winters, holds those buds back. We don't like warm winters. What works good for the ski people, works good for fruit growers," said Ryan.

Ryan also said that it's the Red Delicious and York apples that are low this year.

Last year, Virginia was the sixth largest apple producer in the U.S. producing more than 4 million bushels. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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