Heavy rains in upstate and central New York caused flooding in some regions but should help the development of the apple crop.
Most growing areas received between less than an inch of rain to nearly five inches in mid-August, according to a news release from New York Apple Sales.
The rain will help the quality of this year’s crop, said Matt Wells, director of field operations for Glenmont-based New York Apple Sales.
“The 2018 crop was in great shape prior to the recent weather patterns, a very clean crop that was developing nicely,” he said in the release. “The rain was a bonus that will help us finish off the crop, to perfection.”
Dan Ingersoll, field scout for New York Apple Sales, said the firm’s 2018 crop is uniformly good.
“Usually we have a few varieties, that for one reason or another, will have some problems,” he said in the release. “This year, however, everything looks to be strong and clean. The crop is on schedule and growing nicely and the taste and appearance should be exceptional.”
New York Apple Sales harvests from a geographically diverse area.
“Having orchards and shipping locations in all of the four major growing and packing regions of the state, help us provide consistent offerings for our customers,” Kaari Stannard, president and owner of New York Apple Sales, said in the release.
“While one area may be dryer than normal, other regions can make up the difference in size and volume.”
The firm markets a wide range of varieties, including SnapDragon, Koru, Premier Honeycrisp, EverCrisp and SweeTango, according to the release.