Frost Taking Toll On Apple Crop

Frost and drought have hurt Wisconsin’s apple crop, but the state’s orchards are reminding people they are still open for business. The late-spring frost decimated the crop at many orchards, meaning there is a public perception the late summer and fall activities are off. Orchards typically open around Labor Day, but the apples are available earlier this season due to the March warm-up. The crop is said to be about one-fourth the normal size, but it is there at orchards in west-central Wisconsin. Some businesses have done away with the pick-your-own attraction because they cost the producers money when customers accidentally drop apples as they reach for the one they want, or drop those they don’t want.