Wet, Cool Weather Takes Toll On CropsPosted: Updated:
"My apples literally are rotting on the tree."
That's what Patsy Makuch had to say Wednesday. She has owned and operated Denmark Gardens Apple Orchard for years and says this is the toughest season she has gone through.
"It's a little disheartening when you're picking a whole bunch of apples and half of them go get dumped in the woods," she said.
Rain and cooler temperatures have made the apples either too small or covered in a fungus called "scab."
Makuch normally sells 11 different varieties of apples, but this year she's down to five.
"The rest of them are like a total loss," she said.
Even so, the baskets are full so this summer won't be totally fruitless.
At Haldeman's Produce near West Carthage, producing sweet corn has been a problem.
Haldeman's just started putting out corn for sale last week, which is late in the season.
"I was very discouraged and thinking we weren't going to get anything. However, we did start getting some corn finally and we're gonna have a decent crop by the time we're done I think," said Janet Haldeman, farmer.
The farmers are hopeful the rainy weather won't sour what's usually a sweet season for apples and corn.