Photo Of The Day: Apple Harvest Starts Early

Apple-picking, a cherished autumn tradition, is off to an early start in the Northeast and Upper Midwest as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops.

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(AP) — In an Aug. 13, 2012 photo grower Alan Spinniken examines a bin filled with Early Gold apples in his orchard near Suttons Bay, Mich.

Spinniken lost about one-third of his crop because of bad weather but said he’s grateful things weren’t worse. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

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