Apple orchards struggle due to drought


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While much of Iowa has focus on the struggling corn crop this summer, apple orchards have had to deal with drought related issues as well.

The owner of Wilson’s Orchard in Johnson County reports people picking less than half as many apples than in past years. These low numbers are due not only to the drought, but also to this year’s spring freeze.

However, this should be a good year for pumpkins, as they haven’t shown any damage from the drought.

Read more from KCRG 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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