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Apple crop takes a hit from wild weather

As much as 75 percent of harvest may be lost

Duane Lindsey, of Lindsey's Orchards in Rexford, inspects his crop of Ida Red apples Wednesday.
Duane Lindsey, of Lindsey's Orchards in Rexford, inspects his crop of Ida Red apples Wednesday.
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Spring’s wild weather will put a dent in this year’s apple crop, area growers say. Summer-like temperatures in March spurred apple trees to bud earlier than usual, but things turned wintry later in the month and many tender buds and blooms were destroyed. April frosts and recent hailstorms have added to the damage. The late March frost took a toll at DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards in Halfmoon. “It pretty much froze out two orchards, and the ...


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