New York Apple Growers Expect Record Crop
Monday, September 30, 2013
It's apple picking season, and growers say they're experiencing a much better crop this year.
Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, said the crop was hurt last year by a warm March "It brought the trees out of dormancy very early," he said. "And then that was followed by typical April freezing weather and we...just lost the crop because of frost damage."
But this year's producing a much better crop, thanks to more favorable weather conditions.
"The warm weather has enhanced the sugar levels of the different varieties, the cool nights have allowed us to have excellent color on the fruit, and the moisture has given us good size," Allen said.
He said growers expect to produce 32 million bushels of apples this year. That's compared to an average of 29 million a year.