2014: Record harvest for Washington apples?

Apples for sale are on display at the Pike Place Market Nov. 12, 2009, in Seattle. Two decades after some parents dumped apples out of their kids' lunch boxes over health concerns about a chemical applied to the crop, most researchers agree apples today are safer even though pesticide residue still can be found on most of the fruit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Apples for sale are on display at the Pike Place Market Nov. 12, 2009, in Seattle. Two decades after some parents dumped apples out of their kids' lunch boxes over health concerns about a chemical applied to the crop, most researchers agree apples today are safer even though pesticide residue still can be found on most of the fruit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington apple industry is expecting a record harvest.

Officials say the apples should fill 140 million 40-pound boxes.

The Capital Press reports that would be an 8 percent increase over the record crop in 2012.

The forecast is based on estimates from growers, packers and marketers.

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