Wisconsin apple producers faced a short growing season last year with a crop that was smaller than usual. This spring has posed some challenges with dry conditions, a week-long heat wave, and a recent frost advisory. With the apple trees going through the bloom stage this time of year, these adverse conditions could affect the crop that will be harvested this fall.
Steve Louis of Oakwood Fruit Farm in Richland Center shares his projection for this year’s Wisconsin apple crop. Although it is still fairly early to tell exactly how the state’s apple crop will perform this year, there have been some noticeable changes with the recent extreme weather conditions.
Aside from the weather this spring, COVID supply chain issues have also affected the availability of many products for Wisconsin apple producers. Louis shares how he has worked around those challenges so he can continue to provide a wide variety of apples and other products for his customers.