Apple season underway in New York State

Fly Creek Cider Mill says the weather is playing a factor

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 10:23 PM

UTICA, N.Y.- Apple season kicked off this week in New York State.

Those with Fly Creek Cider Mill say that the season is above preliminary forecasts, and the rain and sun definitely help with the crop.

With the weather going forward, it will definitely help to have cool nights and sunny days.

According to the New York Apple Association, there likely will be a good range of sizes and apples.

The apples should be coloring up nicely, and there will be an abundance.

Bill Michaels with Fly Creek Cider Mill tells NewsChannel 2: "Early estimates of the crop is going to be 31 million bushels. Last year the crop settled at about 34 million so it really depends on when the last picking is done and that's around Mid-October." Micheals said.

Michaels says that so far this should be a good year for the apple crop.

"The five-year average is 29 million bushels so it's a little bit up from the five-year average and I'm also told that we're going to have a nice variety of sizes and with this latest weather we will have some nice color settling in as well." Michaels said.

If you’re looking to get into the Apple picking season, Family Farm Day is this Saturday August 24th in Otsego, Schoharie, and Delaware counties. Many farms within those three counties will be participating.

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