Apple Orchardist Hopeful For Good Season

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 04/15 2014 10:47AM

Updated 04/15 2014 10:49AM


Monday’s beautiful weather may make you dream about apple picking and blooming trees. Orchardists are looking forward to it too.

More than 3 million pieces of fruit are grown here at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont and that number is closing in on 4 million.

Owners tell FOX44/ABC22 News, they're confident about the apple outlook for the season.

The good part is it didn't dip too low this winter to damage the trees. But the timing might be another story.

“You can also have trouble if you get too cold too early and that might have happened this year because once it got cold it just stayed cold,” said Bill Shur, Champlain Orchards Owner. “The only other concern we have is snow melting."

Snow melt can cause frost heaves which can damage young trees.

And new on the farm this year, a $6,000 air-powered apple pruner. Shur says the equipment could eventually travel on its own, saving the orchard up to 35% in labor costs.

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