Apple Crop Smaller in Virginia
A variety of factors combined to make this past summer a bad one for apples.
The late frost, abnormally high summer heat, drought and an invasion of stink bugs all took their toll on the apple crop this year.
Ellison: We forecast the apple crop to be at 225 million pounds; compared this crop to last year, the 2009 crop, which was 245 million pounds.
Herman Ellison, with the Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service.
Ellison: In the northern part of Virginia, we had reports of bad frost damage in early May, while our growers in the southern part of the state reported struggling with stink bug infestation.
Diane Kearns said her Frederick County Fruit Hill Orchard yielded about 900 thousand bushels; that's down from 1.2 million last year. Growers, she said, know how to deal with the weather, but the stink bugs suck the juice out of the apples and the only way to control them is with expensive chemicals.
John Ogle, WCVE News