Gorgeous weather causing crop issues for Capital Region farmers

September 21, 2017 05:24 PM

CASTLETON -- It may feel like mid-August and not mid-September. But when you go out this weekend, grab your sun screen and tank top and head to a local orchard and not the beach.

All varieties of apples are peaking sooner than usual because of the above average September temperatures.

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"If you want want them, they're not going to stay on the tree forever," said Ed Miller of Goold Orchards. "It's going to be early, but good quality."

Pumpkins are impacted by the weather, too. Pumpkins will be scarcer and smaller this year. The wet weather earlier this year made pumpkin planting difficult. But it was also problematic for the flowering necessary to pollinate.

"Every so often, Mother Nature runs the show," Miller said.

The weather looks great for the foreseeable future, so farmers should at least be able to bank on people coming out to pick their crops. 


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