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Tidy rows of apple trees climb the hills above Broetje Orchards’ packing houses in Prescott, east of the Tri-Cities.

They extend to the Snake River and fan out along both sides. Broetje grows 500 million apples on more than 6,000 acres in Eastern Washington — 4,300 of them in western Walla Walla County.

At mid-summer, the trees are laden with Red Delicious, Fuji, Opal and now Cosmic Crisp, the up-and-comer of Washington’s apple industry.

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