Winter Takes Bite out of Minn. Apple Crop

Updated: 08/14/2014 8:23 PM
Created: 08/14/2014 8:17 PM
By: Jennifer Ann Wilson

The long cold winter has left its mark on this year’s apple crop, damaging some branches and delaying the entire season up to 10 days. 

Many growers are happy the impact wasn't worse.

The Sweet Tangos, one of the University of Minnesota's most popular creations, are still young and vulnerable. Grower John Jacobson had no idea if they'd survive to see another season.

"It hadn't gone through a cold winter before," Jacobson said, "and it handled it fabulously."

Then the rains came and the flood waters rose.

"It was very interesting in June when we had all the rain. It was nice to have it; it's a little bit more disease pressure for us, so we have to keep our eye on that," Jacobson said.

Through all Mother Nature’s curve balls the apples survived, but not all the bugs did. Jacobson says he noticed fewer apple maggots plaguing his crop this year.

"I think this year is fantastic. Really, it really looks good! There's a lot of apples," he said.

Growers throughout the metro area say the apple crop is really good this year, not great, but really good. However, Honey Crisps didn't fare as well as the rest and are in short supply. Some growers will supplement their own crop with other Honey Crisps in the state, but that will likely drive prices up. They don't know by how much just yet.

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