Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Rain was good news for state's apple crops

North Carolina's apple farmers were sure glad to see all the rain that Tropical Storm Fay dropped on the western part of the state, particularly in Henderson County, the "state's largest apple producer, with 150 growers and more than 6,000 acres of orchards," said the AP.

"An extension agent said farmers are concerned about the path of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is expected to cross North Carolina later in the week. ...

"Another state agriculture specialist said the rain could allow a second cutting of hay so cattle farmers will have more winter feed for their herds.

"Bill Yarborough, a state agriculture agronomist, said the benefit to crops and cattle from the rain could top $1 million.

" 'A lot of hay they were having to use was the hay they had put up early to feed animals through the winter,' Yarborough said. 'And groundwater reserves are still low. This is taking some of the pressure off, but we're still not out of the woods by any stretch.'"

Hendersonville held its annual Apple Festival last week, as well. Click here for coverage of that.

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