(Oct. 5) Unusually dry weather this summer means apples out of Western New York likely will be smaller than usual this year, but plenty of sunshine means they should have a higher sugar level, Peter Gregg, spokesman for the New York Apple Association in Fishers, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

"We had perfect production conditions," Gregg said.

The association estimated the fall harvest at 29.5 million bushels, down slightly from 29.7 bushels in 2006. A bushel equals 42 pounds.