Timing is everything, when it comes to apples and sunlight.
A lack of light this spring and summer has resulted in an apple crop that will only be about 70 to 75-percent of what it would be in a good year. That's the word from Virginia Tech horticulture professor Rich Marini, who calls the problem rare.
He says the apple growers in the northern part of the state seem to be more affected by the lack of sunlight than those in other areas. Although the crop won't be as large as normal, Marini says the quality will be good and the fruit will have good color and size.
The rain has been less of a problem, though the owners of large orchards have had to try to tend to their trees in between all the raindrops.
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