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Fruit Acres Inc. expects successful apple crop in 2014

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) – Fruit Acres, an apple growing company, is home to one of the oldest apple orchard businesses in the state.

The 200-acre orchard, filled with thousands of apple trees, has been in operation since 1910 and despite last year’s nasty winter, the crop was successful—meaning there is optimism for this year’s apple crop.

“It’s all about weather, that’s the story. But it’s probably the best bloom I’ve seen in my entire life,” Fruit Acres Manager Ralph Yates said.

Fruit Acres grows roughly 30 different kinds of apples each season. Yates said the moderate temperatures, sunshine, and calm breezes were among many reasons for last year’s successful crop.

“It’s kind of surprising. We had a wonderful bloom, we had plenty of bloom on the trees and we had perfect pollinating weather,” Yates said.

Bloom marks the beginning of the apple growing process. Yates is a third-generation apple grower, so he knows he can’t be completely satisfied.

“Things are a little compressed time-wise, but they are about as good as things can be after the winter that we had,” Yates said.

Fruit Acres is currently two weeks behind schedule, but they remain optimistic, as Yates believes with the latest weather conditions, the 2014 crop should provide a positive encore performance.

Yates said he expects his apples to hit fruit stands in late July or early August.

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