Water scarce, but fruit quality good

07/27/2012 09:36:00 AM
Andy Nelson

“They were in blossom and took the smack,” she said.

Rogers Mesa’s cherry acreage is up this year as new varieties enter their first season of production.

Peaches, apples look good

The company’s apricot acreage is down slightly, but big sizing thus far this season is making up for it, Kinser said.

That trend that should continue later in the season, he said.

“It looks to be similar with peaches. There are a lot of big peaches out there.”

Rogers Mesa’s peach acreage should be similar this year to recent totals, Kinser said. Over the next several years, the company should see a big boost in volumes as new plantings come on.

Apples also could see a jump in production in coming years, he said.

“I don’t know if it’s significant, but there are some new cultivars, varieties. They seem to be on an upward trend.”

Rogers Mesa expects to add pipfruit to its summer stone fruit crops in about the third week of August, when Colorado pears should start shipping, Kinser said. Apples likely will follow around Sept. 1.

Of the two, apples should be the star of the late summer season, Kinser said.


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