HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Apple growers in western North Carolina are finding a slim crop to harvest due to months of weather problems, including nearly two weeks of rain that over-saturated the fruit.
The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (https://bit.ly/1M5Pfa7) that Henderson County Extension Service Director Marvin Owings said growers worked to harvest between showers and had difficulty getting fruit out of the fields and into packing houses. Owings said some varieties of apples missed their harvest window.
He said by the time the fruit made it out of the field, it was overripe and had to be sent for juicing instead of fresh fruit, bringing farmers a much lower price.
“In a nutshell, it’s been a very difficult season for the growers,” Owings said.