BEDFORD, Va. (AP) -- Apple growers in Virginia say this year's hot, dry weather has hurt their crops.

Bedford County orchard owner Danny Johnson says he expects a shortage of apples this year. He says his orchard has seen little rain. And because many apples are blistered from the heat, the orchard is being picked early this year to save the apples that do survive.

Nelson County grower Jim Saunders says his farm has an irrigation system, but production will be down 20 percent this year due to hail damage and the June 29 windstorm.

Damage is worse in other areas.

WSLS-TV reports growers in Stickleyville and Hampton say their apple crops are either a major or total loss.

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