Iowa’s apple crop devastated by atypical weather


Apple orchard. Photo by scrumpyboy, Flickr.

The Iowa Environmental Focus covered the potential effects of Iowa’s unusual spring weather throughout April (see our radio segment here). Now, it’s becoming clearer how the weather impacted Iowa’s crops.

Many fruit crops bloomed early this year, leaving them vulnerable to an April or May freeze. This freeze came, and reports indicate that up to 80 percent of the apple crop in eastern Iowa was damaged.

While the apple crop faced the most severe damages, other crops were hurt as well. Strawberry production in Iowa could see a 20 percent reduction due to the weather.

Read more about the consequences of our atypical spring weather at the Des Moines Register here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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