Minnesota Apple Harvest Down 30%
UNDATED — It may be harder to find Minnesota-grown Honey Crisp and Sweet Tango apples this year. A late spring freeze and summer hail storms have knocked-out about 30% of Minnesota’s apple crop.
David Bedford is a Research Scientist and Official Apple Grower for the University of Minnesota. He says some orchards made it through the growing season, while others lost most, if not all of their crops.
But, Bedford says there shouldn’t be a shortage of apples, we’ll probably just pay a little more.
Bedford says the drought hasn’t impacted the apple crop because the trees are more deeply rooted, than corn or soybeans and most orchards have irrigation. He says the fruit may be a bit smaller than other years, however.