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Predictions of bad fruit crops proving accurate

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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Industry groups say early predictions of a bad year for fruit crops in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula are coming true.

The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/Km7sur) the region's tart cherry growers expect to process about 2 million pounds this year.

That's a tiny fraction of the amount in more typical seasons. The total was 92.5 million pounds in 2011. Suttons Bay cherry farmer Don Gregory said he expects to harvest less than 1 percent of his average crop, if anything.

An unusual warm-up in March followed by sub-freezing temperatures in April has devastated many of Michigan's orchard crops.

The food packers group says apple production in northwestern Michigan will total about 2.5 million bushels, a drop-off of more than 90 percent from last year.

The Associated Press

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