Fruit Farmers See Bigger Fruit Due to Rain

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

TIMBERVILLE -- We are well above average rain fall in the valley and it's impacting farmers' crops.

We've seen five inches above the average of rain in June and July. That extra rain is making fruit farmers pay closer attention to their crops. They want their fruit to look healthy like this.

This years' batch of peaches and other fruits are bigger than past years.

Eric Ryan is with Ryan's Fruit Market. He said it's because of all the extra rain.

"Last couple of years we've had a pretty rough time with mother nature. We didn't have a frost this year, which was great. We have a heavy bloom on apples and peaches. Things look good so far," said Ryan.

With more rain comes more problems. Ryan said he is constantly running out of stock because of the cooler weather and the lack of sunlight.

"Usually we are up to our eyeballs in peaches this time of year but we are pretty much selling out everyday right now," said Ryan.

Ryan said they have had to spray their crops a bit more than usual.

"The wetting period makes a big difference and brown rot in peaches, parterre mildew in apples. We did have some rot in our cherries earlier in the year. It rained the week that we started pick your own cherries," said Ryan.

Despite mother nature, Ryan said sales have gone well.

"I think people in the Valley expect good fresh local fruit. They haven't had it in the last couple of years, with the hail storms and frosts that we've had. People are looking forward to it."

Ryan said that he hasn't lost many crops because of the rain. He said because of lack of sunlight, peaches will go until the beginning of September.

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