Apple crop takes a hit from spring weather
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
Visitors to this year's N.C. Apple Festival can expect fewer apples than last year due to the damage to the Henderson County apple crop from spring weather.
Major freezes that occurred April 12-13 did extensive damage to the apples, said Marvin A. Owings Jr., an agricultural extension agent for the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Henderson County.
The result is a less than bountiful harvest of the prized fruit, he said.
"We are going to be real short, I'm afraid so," Owings said. "The cold (in April) was too much for the trees. We had already set the majority of our fruit and the Romes (apple variety), they were in full bloom at the time, and that's usually the crop that survives. But this year because it was in full bloom, it was damaged as well, quite heavily. So we've ended up with a short crop this year, but we feel like there's enough scattered orchards around the county that there will be enough for retail, which are our direct markets, and the apple festival."
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