Orchardists near the New York-Vermont border expect good apple harvest this year, as several varieties begin to be picked. New York Apple Association President and CEO Cynthia Haskins notes that the apple harvest in New York actually began about the third week in August as early season varieties ripened.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Tree Fruit Specialist Michael Basedow works out of Peru, New York. He expects production to vary across the state: “Most of the state is in a bit of a drought so we are expecting that fruit size is going to be down because of that. And with that also I expect yield to be a little bit down as well. But interestingly enough here in Clinton County we’re one of the few counties in the apple producing regions of New York where we really had adequate, if not above average, rainfall this summer. So we’re expecting to have a fairly large harvest this year as opposed to around the rest of the state. I believe the Hudson Valley is being fairly affected by that drought. So I think they’ll be down. And then western New York, where the bulk of our production really is, I think they’re going to be close to average or maybe a little bit down as well.”
According to the New York Apple Association the state is the nation’s second-largest producer with more than 600 orchards across the state.