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Michigan apple crop rebounds after last year’s freeze

BRITTON, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Michigan apple farmers got hit hard last year when a late freeze destroyed 90 percent of the state's apple crop.

Hoping to rebound from last year, farmer's are optimistic and relieved, saying 2013 could be a very good year.

"We're very relieved to see a full crop on our trees this year, and so will our customers," said Scott Robertello, co-owner of Kapnick Orchards. "In a normal year, we produce 25 million bushels, and last year was a two-and-a-half to three million bushel crop."

Fortunately for many orchards, higher prices made up for the losses, at least somewhat.

"Our weekends in the fall, which is usually the busiest time of the year…was definitely slower than a normal year, so we didn't sell quite as much cider and donuts and things like that," Robertello said.

As for 2013, aside from a freeze on May 13, farmers can expect a full crop come July. And a full crop means a happy farmer.

"Every fruit grower is smiling, I'd say, this year in Michigan and Ohio compared to last year," Robertello said.

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