Virginia Apple Crop Appears to Have Survived
Virginia apple growers may be among the few farmers spared the devastation of hot and dry weather this summer. As Charles Fishburne reports, the crop is expected to be normal and in some ways better than normal
Virginia produces about five million bushels of apples every year.
Lidholm: Apples are big business in Virginia.
Elaine Lidholm, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Lidholm: The drought has been hard on many, and in fact, most areas of agriculture. One of the good things about apple trees is that their roots go deep and we did have good ground water going into this drought because of rain and snow, fall, winter and spring.
Virginia produces more apples than potatoes, peanuts and grapes.
Lidholm: Virginia is the sixth largest apple-producing state in the nation. And, we have an estimated 18,000 acres of commercial apple production.
That translates to thirty million dollars in a good year; and this could be a good year, despite the drought.