Local apple growers say they may have lost half their crop to cold weather

This week, Western North Carolina may be in the grip of near-record warm temperatures. But surprise freeze-and-frost weather in April may have cost local growers half their apple crop, WLOS reports:

Rick Moss grows about 100 acres of apple trees in Edneyville and told the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/IGMdZE ) he’s heard of losses between 30 percent and 50 percent.

Temperatures had dropped to 24 degrees on the night of April 10.

Henderson County is the state’s top apple-producing county, with 5,000 acres in orchards. The crop is usually valued at around $24 million.

An unusually warm March prompted trees to bloom early, leaving them vulnerable to the cold weather last month….

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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