With temperatures in the 70s last week, followed by an April snowstorm this week, farmers are concerned about their crops. The storm didn't damage any crops at Reisinger's Apple Country in Watkins Glen. Our Lara Greenberg tells us why apple production is a risky business this year.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Rick Reisinger has been growing apples for 25 years and he has never seen a year of weather quite like this .
"I can just live without the adventure part, but you have to be kind of a gambler to be in this business. You can't be faint of heart," said Reisinger's Country Apple owner Rick Reisinger.
One thing he's not betting on is predictable weather. The winter that wasn't pushed his apple bloom up by three weeks. And despite the freak April snowstorm Monday, his apple crop is doing surprisingly well.
"I would guess on this tree, there's probably 5,000 flowers. And all we need for a full crop of apples on a tree like this is about, I'd say 250," he said.
Reisinger isn't worried about the snow. In fact he says it helped to insulate the crop. What he's concerned about are the varying temperatures.
"At this stage of growth, you get to 28 degrees, you could lose 10 to 15 percent of the flowers. And if you take lower 20s then you're at risk in the crop," said Reisinger.
He'll be keeping a close eye on the blossoms over the next three weeks.
Because it's been so warm, he needs those high temperatures to continue. It would mean an early picking season, but that's better than no season at all.
"I think we'll get through it fine. If we got this far, I think we're good."
Winemakers also saw little damage as a result of Monday's storm. They say a little sunshine over the next few weeks will go a long way.