Illinois apple crop readying for fall harvestWINNEBAGO, Ill. — Apple farmers in northern Illinois say they're ready for cooler weather to usher in the fall harvest.
WINNEBAGO, Ill. — Apple farmers in northern Illinois say they're ready for cooler weather to usher in the fall harvest.
The Rockford Register Star reports ( http://bit.ly/nA5GFN ) apple farmers say recent 90-degree temperatures haven't affected the picking season. Lynn Edwards is co-owner of Edwards Apple Orchard West in Winnebago. She says prime apple season will fall during the last two weeks of September and the first week of October.
Apple farmers say cooler nights are now needed for sweet, colorful apples. Edwards says that's because lower temperatures make the apple's sugar content rise. She says farmers just have to be patient for the weather to change.
The orchards have more than a dozen apple varieties. The last to ripen is the Granny Smith, which Edwards says will be ready in late October.