WNC Apple growers overcome labor, weather woes
(Hendersonville Times-News) Henderson County’s apple growers say this season’s bumper crop was almost the polar opposite of last year’s disastrous harvest, with ample production despite a labor shortage and a plethora of rain. Although harvests are still being tallied, County Extension Director Marvin Owings Jr. said 2013 is “shaping up to be one of the largest crops we’ve had in a number of years.” He estimates growers will harvest close to 3 million bushels of apples this year, roughly 300,000 bushels short of a full crop. With 64 inches of rain falling between January and mid-November, coupled with a shortage of pickers due to tougher immigration laws, apple farmers fared well given the circumstances.
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