(May 11) Good quality, good marketing and good demand have helped nudge prices on the Washington apple crop to their highest point in 10 years, according to an Associated Press story.

The average price (all varieties included) of a 42-pound box of apples was about $18.92 compared with about $15.45 at the same time last year, Dan Kelly, assistant manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Wenatchee, said May 11.

"On average, prices are well above break even,” Kelly said, in the AP article.

About five months of sales remain for the 2006 crop shipping out of controlled-atmosphere storage.