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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