GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) - The end is near for Yates Apple Orchard.
The orchard, located near Grafton in southern Illinois, has been in the Yates family for 79 years. Owner Bill Yates says it is closing because he is getting too old.
Yates says any apple trees he plants this season would start producing in two to three years, when he will be pushing 80.
Yates' father, Olen Hoyt Yates, purchased the property in 1931, when it had 200 acres of apple orchards. By the time he got the farm, it was down to 20 acres. Yates says he had to teach himself about raising apples because he never really listened to his father while growing up.
Once the 2010 apple season is over, Yates says the land will be cleared of apple trees. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)