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Low temperatures worry Washington apple growers

According to, 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 in the Spokane region. 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. The potential for damage depends on factors like an orchard's location and elevation.

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