Southern Il farmers discuss fruit and vegetable crop
“We’re about a week to ten days later this year as I would compare to normal average, and last year we were about two and a half weeks early.”
Peaches are slowly starting to come in and should be ready for wholesale shipping in another week or so. Apples may be a few days later than average, but should be ready in mid-to-late August. Sirles says even though rainfall totals are much higher now than they were a year ago, he thinks the effects of last year’s drought are still being felt as soil moisture is still trying to catch up.