Orchards see mixed results after year of drought

5/9/2013 8:15 AM
By Associated Press

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana orchard owners say they're seeing mixed results this spring as their trees begin blooming after a year hit hard by drought.

Maureen Kercher says growers are happier this spring than last spring, when early warmth followed by a late freeze decimated crops. But she tells The Goshen News (http://bit.ly/11VqL7J ) that some of the buds on her apple trees have just one bloom instead of the five they should have.

Peaches are hardier fruit and should fare better.

David Muir lost 70 percent of his apple crop last year and all of his peach and cherry crops. He says he expects a bumper crop at his Judson Fruit Farm in Bristol this year so long as pollination goes as planned.

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Information from: The Goshen News, http://www.goshennews.com


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