BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- New York apple growers are gearing up for an early harvest.

The New York Apple Association says the fruit will be ready 10 days to two weeks earlier than normal.

Record warmth in April got the season off to an early start and the hot and sunny summer has kept the crop on the fast track. The abundant sunshine also means high sugar levels for sweeter fruit.

Association spokesman Peter Gregg says some varieties, including Jersey Macs, are already being picked in the Hudson Valley and some other varieties will be ready within a week.

Growers in New York expect another abundant crop, though probably not as large as the record 32.8 million bushels last year.

New York is the country's second-largest apple producer after Washington.


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