Slim Pickings for Apples, But Don't Blame Drought
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowans planning to head to the closest apple orchard in the coming weeks may find slim pickings on those trees. But it's not the drought that has fruit missing from this year's apple trees - it was an early April freeze.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/PUdcCm) that unusually warm weather in March prompted apple trees across the state to bloom early. An early April freeze destroyed or damaged those blooms, leading to fewer apples.
That will also mean higher prices for apples at local orchards this year.
At Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge, prices have not yet been set, but customers won't be able to pick their own apples this year. They'll have to buy from the orchard store instead.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com
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