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wet weather devastates apple harvest

 
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09/17/2012 02:53 AM

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wet weather devastates apple harvest
wanted to share this story as i know im not the only one to comment on the fruit/grain harvest this year....wots it like in other countries???


The wettest summer for a century has devastated English and Welsh orchards, with apple harvests slashed by a fifth.

This year’s fruit is generally smaller than usual, farmers say.

Trade association England Apples and Pears blamed heavy rain in June for deterring bees from leaving their hives to pollinate blossoms.

Chief executive Adrian Barlow added that topsy-turvy temperatures and wet conditions also delayed the picking season by about three weeks.

‘The rain has had a very considerable effect,’ he said. ‘Trees should have been flowering, but because the weather was so poor pollination levels were very poor.

‘There were very few insects flying around, and temperatures were so low pollen was not being produced.’....

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Re: wet weather devastates apple harvest
Damn! All those apple fanboys are going to be pissed...

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09/17/2012 03:09 AM

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Re: wet weather devastates apple harvest
Most fruit trees need a spell of cold weather to end their dormancy and promote spring growth.

Blackcurrants, cherries and some apple cultivars have a particularly high chilling requirement.

However this year has been so warm many trees will fail to set fruit.

Those blossoms that do come out early are at risk of being killed by a sudden frost.

Last year was a bumper year for both gardeners and commercial fruit growers after the cold winter followed by the warm spring. ....

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