MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin apple growers say they expect their crop this autumn to be good or a little above average.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says growers were concerned after last year's unusually heavy harvest. But this year's crop is shaping up to be more in line with the yield of previous years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced nearly 42 million pounds of apples last year. That was an 18 percent increase from the 2012 growing season, which was hampered when an early thaw was followed by frost and drought.

Anna Maenner runs the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, which has 175 members. She says the trees were still recovering from last year but catching up. She says things are "looking really good" for this season.