Officials say high temps expected to be cause of ruined apple crop in Ind.

Officials say high temps expected to be cause of ruined apple crop in Ind.

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by Gabrielle Fuller

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 9:14 PM

Indiana. (WHAS11)- It could be slim pickings this fall in the apple orchards, but not because of the drought.

Ag experts at Purdue University say Indiana orchards are seeing one of their worst crops in 80 years, because of unusually high temperatures in March that led to early blossoms, which were damaged by frost in April.

 The problems were made worse by hail which knocked young apples off the stems.

 Some orchard owners say they have lost 90 percent of their crop.

The reduced crop is forcing some orchards to raise prices and cancel public apple picking, while others are shipping in apples from other areas, or swapping varieties with other growers.

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