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Freezing Temperatures Take Toll on Apple Crop

October 12, 2009

 

It appears likely that North Central Washington’s apple crop will see significant damage from this recent cold snap. With temperatures in some areas dipping into the low 20’s, growers are doing all they can to protect the fruit and trees. Andy Gale supervises the field operations for Stemilt Growers in the Wenatchee area . . .
 
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Gale says this year’s growing season has seen some wildly fluctuating weather conditions that have resulted in fruit damage. Last week some East Wenatchee area orchards sustained wind damage when apples were blown off the trees. Gale says the damage in some cases extends to the trees themselves which could have a negative impact on next year’s crop. We’ll have more details coming up on the Tuesday Morning show.