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Weather damages apple crop in Ontario


A warm February and March in Ontario had apples growing early this year
A warm February and March in Ontario had apples growing early this year

Staff writers

June 7, 2012 — Apple farmers are suffering in Ontario thanks to some unusual weather this past winter and spring.

Frost and cooler temperatures in April affected Ontario's apple crop
Frost and cooler temperatures in April affected Ontario's apple crop

It's been a tough year for apple farmers in Ontario. 

Warm weather in February and March triggered an early blossom. Then, as cooler temperatures rolled in in April, the apple crop was burned by frost. 

Some farmers reported to the Ontario Apple Growers that they had lost up to 88 per cent of their crop this year. 

In addition to fewer bushels of apples being available on each tree this year, the shortage of good apples could also mean job losses. Fewer people are needed to pick the apples. 

It's not all bad news. While many types of apples have suffered this year, Northern Spy and Gala apples are in good supply across Ontario.

To find out more about the weather forecast in the coming months, be sure to check out our Summer Outlook 2012.

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