Local Fruit Farmers Optimistic
Local fruit farmers say it looks like favorable weather right now will mean a large crop this fall.
The blossoms are in full bloom in the apple orchards at Burn Farms in North East.
The farm grows 13 varieties of apples.
Last year, heavy rain and high winds knocked most of the blossoms off the trees before they could be pollinated.
The harvest was only 20% of normal.
But this spring, conditions have been ideal.
Sixth generation farmer Tim Burch expects a bumper crop.
He said, "Our expectations are, we get into fall, apples are going to be everywhere. There is a long way to go yet, but we think the potential is for a very, very bountiful apple crop this fall."
Burch says conditions are also good for peaches, pears, plums and other fruit crops.