Recent Deep Freeze Destroys WNY Apple Crops

1:48 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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Albion, NY - The weather is getting warmer now, but the freezing temperatures that passed through Western New York last month have left local apple farmers fearing they will be left in the cold.

David Kast owns a 250-acre apple farm in Albion, and is predicting that he will only see about half of the crop he normally does this year, because of the blossoms that were destroyed.

Kast told 2 On Your Side he grows 20 different types of apples on his farm. Right now he's counting on the bees to help pollinate many of these buds that survived the deep freeze when temperatures dropped into the mid-20's.

Kast said, "I worry about it. Any grower worries about it, and you know it's mother nature. There's nothing we can do about it so we're fortunate that we have other crops, and we're concentrating our energy there, but we're still fully taking care of our orchards as we would any other year."

Kast says apple farmers will all get a better picture of just how much damage they are dealing with over the next few weeks.  Harvest time for apples begins in late August, and runs through November.

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