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Who's ready to pick some apples? Illinois apple orchards are opening up across the state. Like the condition of other crops, this year's crop of apples varies depending on where you go. Stephen Miller runs Liberty Apple Orchard outside of Edwardsville and says his crop has fared pretty well;
 

 

 
Miller says the returns growing apples is better than growing corn or soybeans. But tending to an orchard can be very labor intensive;
 

 

 
The Illinois Specialty Growers Association says Illinois has 460 apple farms on close to a little over 21-hundred acres.

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