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Fall Crop Harvest Looks Encouraging

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Fruit farmers in North East are predicting a good fall harvest, if sunny, warm weather continues.

 At Burch Farms it is shaping up to be a bumper crop of apples. The trees on the 75 acre orchard are heavy with 13 varieties of apples. It's a far cry from last year, when frosts did a lot of damage.

  Tim Burch of Burch Farms said, "The apple crop is coming in hopefully as a record setting crop."

There is also good news in the vineyards of Westgate Farms. Poor weather caused big problems with the grape crop in 2012. The crop is expected to be much larger this fall.

 Dave Wagner of Westgate Farms said, "Last year we picked one and-a-half tons per acre. This year we may pick 7,8, 8 and-a-half tons. But you never count your chickens until they are hatched."

 Because of the heat last summer, the grape harvest was underway in late August. This year most picking won't start until next month.

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