Some Illinois apple growers are ripe with optimism that this year's crop will be far better than the one decimated by a spring frost last year. As the owner of a roadside market in Hardin, Tom Ringhausen says he and his company lost 97 percent of their apple crop last year. He calls this year's crop one of the best he's seen in his 54 years. Another Ringhausen, Dennis, says last year's woeful apple crop forced him to drive several times to Michigan for apples. This year, the owner of Ringhausen Apple House near Jerseyville says the crop is 100 percent better than last year. Growers say this year's crop of peaches also has come in nicely.
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