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Local apple crop is looking robust

FINGER LAKES—With the sun peeking through the clouds more, apple growers are seeing good looking crops.
Jeff Morris, with Glenora Farms, said they started picking apples to sell over a week ago, beginning with Jersey Macks. He said the apple crops are looking good and that this is a good growing season. However, getting these good crops took some work this year.
“The trees are healthy,” he said. “We had been more vigilant to maintain disease control.”
One of the things that took time was hand thinning of the apple trees.
Morris said that to allow more apples to grow bigger, some apples were taken off of the trees; hand thinning. He explained that the desired size for apples is about three inches. Hand thinning is something Glenora Farms does not usually do a lot of.
Reisinger’s Apple Country has recently opened for ‘”u-picking.” Karen Reisinger said for them the apple crops look “absolutely fabulous.”
“We do a lot of hand thinning,” she added as well. Some of the varieties had to be hand thinned twice.
Morris also said the warmer weather now means the apples are catching up in their growing. He said that the previous conditions this summer had slowed down the apples maturing, but it is “on time now.”
“As long as we continue to have traditional August weather,” he said.

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