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Wet spring delaying prime apple picking season in some isolated cases across Finger Lakes

Fall means apple season in the Finger Lakes.

However, there were some meteorological factors at play over the last 12-months that have had an impact on this year’s crop, according to the experts.

Professor Susan Brown of Cornell University spoke with the Chronicle-Express about this year’s crop; and how weather last year had an impact.

First, she explained that the wet spring made the apples larger than typical. The wet spring wasn’t all good though, according to Brown. She noted that disease was more difficult to control after the rainy spring season.

Meanwhile, Craig Wager, an apple grower and owner of Wager’s Cider Mill told the Express that an eight degree frost last November likely had an impact, too. That won’t typically impact growth, but it can stunt things to a point where certain types of apples lag behind.

The takeaway: We could see a couple extra weeks of ripening apples; as some still have not reached that perfect point.


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