SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The cold weather that struck eastern Washington this week is causing worries for growers of Washington apples.
The cold front is expected to last through the weekend, and calls for lows in the 20s and 30s in the Columbia Basin.
The Spokesman-Review says cold temperatures in October could hurt what is projected to be the second-largest apple harvest in state history.
Jim DeVaney, president of the Washington Tree Fruit Association, says the harvest is about half complete. He says the crop could withstand some loss from cold weather and still be very large.
“We were already expecting the second-largest Washington crop ever, DeVaney told the Spokesman-Review. “You can sustain a little loss from the cold weather and still have a very large apple crop.
The potential for damage depends on factor like an orchard’s location and elevation.