Apple crop turns out fine in western NC

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

Henderson County's apple growers say this season's crop turned out well, despite the heavy rains earlier this year.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported that Henderson County Extension Director Marvin Owings Jr. said the 2013 crops is one of the best in years.

Owings Jr. thinks estimates growers will harvest close to 3 million bushels of apples this year, only about 300,000 bushels less than a full crop.

Growers have had 64 inches of rain between January and mid-November. There also were problems getting apple pickers because of immigration laws.

Local agriculture officials say this summer's rains destroyed about 5 percent of the county's apple crop. They say growers had to spray about 20 to 30 percent more fungicides than usual to keep diseases under control.