The late frost this spring challenged apple producers this year, but the crop is looking very good this fall. The cold snap took place during the blooming stage of the crops and it did some damage. Steve Louis, President of Oakwood Fruit Farm in Richland Center says that another challenge that some producers across the state is the lack of rain in the past month. This might cause smaller apples, but will still produce a good crop.
Steve also shares that cool days and cool nights that will hopefully come around this fall will help the apples take on a great color. He also predicts that the crop will be above average this year with a high quality fruit.
Most apple orchards have not been open for business yet this year due to the growing season, but the Pandemic is on apple growers minds. Orchards with pick-your-own operations and retail operations are putting procedures in place to keep all customers happy and safe.
Check out your local Orchard this fall to support local businesses!