Data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the national apple crop is up about 3% overall from last year, but for the state it’s down 2%.
Grisamore Farms co-owner Joanna Cornell said the rain was hard because it could bring on diseases for the apples, but that the only major issue was fire blight.
Fire blight can impact trees, not apples, and Cornell stated they were able to cut it all out of the trees before it caused major issues.
The New York Apple Association has plans to boost the apple industry with commercials offering knowledge to consumers about the different kinds of apples they can buy.
Grisamore Farms has been in Cornell’s family since 1928 and is one of few apple picking farms still in the area of Cortland County.