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April 28, 2013

New York apple growers expect better crops this year

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Tonawanda News — The apples that did survive the late frost weren’t good enough for the fresh market, so they were diverted to the processing market to make juice and applesauce, which isn’t as lucrative for farmers, Allen said.

But this year the weather has cooperated and things are right back on track.

“It’s been cold right up through now,” Sanger said. “Now when they come up in blossom, they’ll keep on growing. It looks good right now.”

Allen cautiously warned the apple growing season is a long one and while he can’t predict what might happen in later months, he said he’s very optimistic.

“It’s a long time between now and fall harvest and anything can happen but at least we’re starting out in a very strong positon,” Allen added. “They’re coming back with strong bug development and we anticipate a gorgeous blossom and, God willing, we’ll have a good New York state apple crop this year. “

And New Yorkers should have an easier time keeping that doctor away this year.

“There’s a lot of people who eat apples and they probably don’t eat (any other fruits) so they probably missed them” last year, Sanger said.

“So far this season is textbook perfect,” Allen added.

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