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.

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