RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The following excerpt is from a Bayer blog post.
A short while ago an article I read about a peach shortage in the Northeast prompted me to send a note to our 2016 Produce Innovation Award winner, Amy Machamer of Hurd Orchards in western New York. In summary, the article said that some unusually mild winter weather followed by some early-spring deep freezes decimated stone fruit crops in the region. Hurd Orchards produces many of the stone fruits mentioned in the article. So I sent a note to Amy to see how she had been affected.
SPOILER ALERT: Unfortunately, Amy and her family suffered at the hands of Mother Nature just like many other farmers in the region; but Amy's resilience and positivity are unshakeable. Read the excerpt below from an email I received from Amy in response to my inquiry about her peach and stone fruit crops.
Well…the article is correct. The effects of this strange weather pattern are that we have a very poor fruit set on many fruits, and no peaches at all, save one peculiar tree that bloomed happily through it all. The scariest thing is that we HAVE seen this before…
Don't worry; Amy isn't throwing in the towel. Read her entire response in my blog post.