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Apple Harvest Weak Because Of Spring Freeze


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Apple orchards are seeing low yields across Indiana.

Get ready for an expensive fall when it comes to traditional autumn produce. The summer drought has taken its toll on Indiana‘s corn yield, but it was the warm winter with a freeze in the spring that crippled Indiana‘s apple, peach, and pear crops.

Robin Anderson of Anderson Orchards in Mooresville says he lost about 50 percent of his overall apple crop thanks to a 26-degree dip when the trees were in bloom. He says he is struggling, but others still have it worse.

“I know there are a couple of orchards that didn‘t even open this year because they had no apples, and there‘s really not a lot of apples being wholesaled right now so they just didn‘t open their doors,” Anderson says.

Anderson guesses the overall apple crop in the state will be no more than half of what it usually is. Indiana has about 4,000 acres of apple orchards that, in a good year, produce about 1.2 million bushels. Anderson says the summer heat will take what is left and lower the quality of much of the fruit.

“I think that the apples overall are gonna be smaller, and possibly a little thicker-skinned, and the quality may be off just a little from the heat,” he says.

Anderson says the same can be expected of the state’s pumpkin crop as well.  He adds consumers can expect prices for apple products, such as cider and apple butter, to go up this year.

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