October 10th, 2012
A Bad Year For Apples
Posted by Sharkey
Every time I listen to the radio, it seems like another farm crop is in peril. This year, if it's not about the horrible drought, then it's all about how March was so hot, followed by a cold snap. Anyway, this blog is about the trouble with apples in many parts of the country.
1 Francesca, do you see the size of these apples? Something isn't quite right.
2 Yes, I see what you're talking about, Sharkey. In my estimation, these apples are quite tiny - not at all the size they should be.
3 Franny, I heard on the radio this morning that the apple industry in many parts of the country is having major problems with its crop. It all started with a mild fall, followed by a mild winter with lots of rain and little snow.
4 Then, in March, temperatures rose into the 80s and apple trees blossomed and formed little apples. Then, in April, temperatures plummeted below freezing and all that fruit was ruined.
5 Maybe that's why the apples seem so small this year at the farm. Perhaps they got off to a late start and couldn't grow to full size.
6 We're lucky that many of our trees still managed to support an apple crop, but you're right, Sharkey. The apples are quite small.
7 Sharkey, when you stop and think about it, the weather plays such an important roll in our food supply.
8 I suppose from what you've told me, many apple farmers would love this crop, despite the size of the fruit.
9 I don't know, Franny. How many of these apples do you think you would need to bake a pie?
10 I don't know, Sharkey. Let's just hope that things improve for next year's apple harvest for all the apple growers who are really suffering.
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