September 21, 2011
As we move into fall here
in the Apple Capitol, the tree fruit industry is once again in full swing. But the slow, cool spring may delay the
harvest by several weeks. Fruit could be lost to cold weather before it is ripe.
And growers are concerned
about a possible shortage of labor, which could mean some fruit goes unpicked on the trees if not enough pickers
Red delicious apples remain the largest crop in the apple industry, with about
25% of acreage planted with this mainstay variety.
To check in on the local apple and pear
industries, KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner called an area expert.