Jugos, bebidas, vinos y licoresJun. 1, 2012
Manzanas/EE.UU: informan pérdidas de hasta 80% de la cosecha en la localidad de Lafayette, Nueva York
The local apple crop in Lafayette looks set to be the worst in around 70 years. The bigger orchards have had a chance to assess the damage caused by the early warmth in March and severe cold that followed and some growers are reporting they have lost about 80 percent of their crop.
The varieties that suffered the most were McIntosh, Empire, Courtland and Delicious.
Mark Fleckenstein of apple farm Beak and Skiff says, “We’ll have to have more apples in the store, maybe more apples in the tent, maybe there will be some find-the-apple contests. We’ll try and make the most of it.”
Also due to the weather the fruit is expected to be ready earlier.
“We’re still two weeks ahead of schedule because of what happened back in March,” Fleckenstein said. “Instead of picking [apples] the first of October, it’s going to be middle of September. So, the whole season is going to be moved up two or three weeks.”
Fleckenstein also said that his crop insurance, though helpful, will not come anywhere covering his losses.
“Obviously, our income is going to be way down for the farm. We’re going to try and keep our employees going and we’ll also do tremendous budget cutting,” Fleckenstein said.
The situation is the same across the area, as can be seen from the situation with Apple Acres.
Apple Acres’ Walter Blackler says, “This is the worst I’ve seen. I’ve been doing this since 1965 and actually I think the lowest crop we had previously was around 60 percent of a full crop, so we’re way below that.”
There are hopes that some of the damaged apples may be sold for cider production. As the situation is similar throughout the Northeast there will be a shortage of apples for the industry so there is potential.