Posted at: 09/17/2013 5:35 PM
By: Brianna Long
Apple Crop Outlook Much Improved Since Last Year
One thing the weather plays a big part in, is crops. This year, the apple crop is looking a whole lot better than it was last year.
Red Delicious, Wealthy, and of course everyone's favorite.
"The biggest one of course, Honeycrisps. But then we have a new variety, B51 that'll ripen about October 7th this year," said Vince Steffen, the owner and operator at Apple Ridge Orchard in Mazeppa. He says that despite that now famous snow storm back on May 2nd, the apples this year are thriving.
"We have a beautiful, solid crop this season," said Steffen.
It's the same story over at Sekapp Orchard in Rochester.
"It's a good crop statewide and I think they look good," said Owner Fred Kappauf.
While the apples may be looking and tasting great, they are a little behind schedule, around 10 or 12 days. But the farmers say, that's not exactly a bad thing.
"Being a little later, people start thinking of apples when it's cool. It was so hot this summer that people are ready for apple season and to enjoy some good fruit," said Steffen.
"As long as customers are patient for their favorite varieties, it's alright," said Kappauf.
And after the season some farmers had last year, they'll take it.
"That was quite a challenge. And in the 38 years I've been here, I've never had that big of a down crop. That was a good challenge. But this year's nice and we will recover," said Steffen.
With a little help from mother nature, this year could turn out even better.
"Hopefully mother nature will go our way and extend the season a little further with weather," said Steffen.
"That would be nice. We all live here in Minnesota. We love the snow, or we wouldn't be here, But if it's postponed a little bit, that's alright by us I think," added Kappauf.