Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Good Year for Apples
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
WATKINS GLEN -- (WENY) It was a tough year for apple growers last year. A warmer than usual Winter mixed with a wet and cold Spring was a bad combination. This year, it's a different story: the weather was just about perfect for apples.
Rick Reisinger, owner of Reisinger's Apple Country cringed just thinking about last year's harvest.
"Last year we had a short crop," says Reisinger. "Everybody knows because we had frost issues in the Spring. We had a decent crop. We ended up at 40-50% of a normal crop."
Last year, they picked a total of 4300 bushels. This year, they're projecting 12,000. That's about three times more apples.
"It's a long time between paychecks between October of one year to August of the next, so it's been a happy change," says Reisinger.
McIntosh and Gala apples are ready for picking. Jonamac will be ready in about another week, followed by Honey Crisps.
"I think it's great that they have a good season like this," says Apple Picker, William Hill. "This is kind of our annual trip up here to get apples and we've always come up here for several years."
The New York State Apple Growers Association says this year could produce more than 30 million bushels. That's almost twice as much as last year's yield on 17 million.