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Unseasonably warm weather affecting apple, pumpkin crops


*BROOK*) FALL IS THE SEASON FOR APPLE CIDER.. AND PUMPKINS. BUT SO FAR.. IT HASN’T FELT MUCH LIKE FALL OUTSIDE. IN FACT.. WE BROKE ANOTHER HEAT RECORD TODAY! *MIK*) THAT EXTREMELY WARM WEATHER HAS AN IMPACT ON BOTH APPLES.. AND PUMPKINS.. BUT IN DIFFERENT WAYS. NEWS 8’S DAVID WILLIAMS TAKES US INSIDE AN ORCHARD FOR A LOOK. *DAVID WILLIAMS REPORTIN*) ((NATS/ ORCHARD SOUNDS:)) IT’S FALL IN INDIANA. ((CINDY SIMMONS/AVON: 19:27:55 “HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IT’S THAT HOT.”)) ALL THESE APPLES ON THE TREES HERE AT BEASLEY’S ORCHARD, IN DANVILLE, FEEL THE HEAT TOO. ((CALVIN BEASLEY/OWNER, BEASLEY’S ORCHARD: 19:01:01 “THE EFFECT THIS HEAT IS HAVING IS IT’S ACCELERATING THE RIPENING TIME FOR THE FRUIT. EACH DAY IS PACKING IN WHAT WE CALL ‘GROWING DEGREE DAYS’. SO, THE FRUIT IS GETTING HIGHER SUGAR CONTENT. IT’S GETTIN SOFTER, IT’S GETTING RIPER BEFORE WE SEE THAT OPTIMUM LEVEL OF COLOR.”)) ((DAVID WILLIAMS/ @DWILLIAMSTV 19:19:19 “THESE ARE JONAGOLD APPLES. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE THIS…RICH AND RED. INSTEAD, BEASLEY SAYS UPWARDS OF HALF OF HIS ENTIRE CROP LOOKS LIKE THIS. THIS UNSEASONABLY WARM HEAT CAUSES THESE APPLES TO RIPEN FASTER AND FALL FROM THE TREES.”:)) ((CINDY SIMMONS/AVON/: 19:28:39 “THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE GOOD FOR THE APPLE ORCHARDS THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE SOME MONEY.”)) SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF APPLES THAT WOULD USUALLY BE ON THE TREES…ARE INSTEAD ON THE GROUND. ((CALVIN BEASLEY/OWNER, BEASLEY’S ORCHARD/ 19:04:38 “WE WERE ABOUT PROBABLY 2-3 DAYS AWAY FROM HAVING REALLY, REALLY IDEAL COLOR ON THEM. THEN WE STARTED TO SEE SOME FRUIT DROP. WE WERE LUCKY IT WASN’T A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF FRUIT AND WE KNEW WE NEEDED TO GET OUT THERE AND PICK THEM.”:)) IT’S NOT ALL NEGATIVE THOUGH. THE WARM WEATHER GIVES THE PUMPKIN PATCH A BIG BOOST. ((CALVIN BEASLEY/OWNER, BEASLEY’S ORCHARD/19:21:33 “THE PLANTS GET BIGGER, THEY SET A FEW MORE PUMPKINS. THE PUMPKINS GET A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THAN THEY WOULD’VE NORMALLY. IT BASICALLY ALLOWS US TO HAVE A CROP THAT WE DIDN’T THINK WE WERE GOING TO HAVE WHEN WE RE-PLANTED THEM.”:)) PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE PLENTIFUL PUMKINS. ((BETH LICKLITER/WENT APPLE PICKING: 19:26:46 “THAT’S GREAT. THEY’RE A GREAT SIZE AND THEY LOOK REALLY COLORFUL. THEY’RE VERY ORANGE.”)) BEASLEY SAYS THEY STILL HAVE AN APPLE CROP THAT HE’S VERY HAPPY WITH. HE’S JUST READY FOR THIS HEAT TO BREAK. IN DANVILLE, I’M

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