USDA: APPLES TO RISE IN THE EAST, FALL IN THE WEST

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, here, has forecasted that U.S. apple production will decrease 7% by year's end.The decrease will drop total production to 251.5 million bushels, from 271.1 million bushels a year ago. If proven true, the 1999 harvest would become the seventh largest in history. Last year's crop ranked as the second largest.According to Jim Cranney, vice president of

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, here, has forecasted that U.S. apple production will decrease 7% by year's end.

The decrease will drop total production to 251.5 million bushels, from 271.1 million bushels a year ago. If proven true, the 1999 harvest would become the seventh largest in history. Last year's crop ranked as the second largest.

According to Jim Cranney, vice president of industry services for the McLean, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association and a rece

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