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.

Freezing temperatures in Iowa hurt fruit farmers

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Some parts of Iowa saw freezing temperatures this morning. As we mentioned in March, fruit farmers in Iowa feared an April freeze because it could damage their crop.

Most fruit bloomed unusually early this year due to the warm weather. Once in bloom, freezing temperatures can destroy a substantial portion of fruit crops.

For instance, according to a horticulture professor at Iowa State University, about 90 percent of an apple orchard will be damaged at 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more about how the weather affects Iowa’s fruit farmers in a Des Moines Register article here.