Hardships take bite out of Minnesota apple crop

Minnesota's apple crop this year is smaller, the harvest earlier and the fruit will likely cost more, the Pioneer Press reports. Growers had to battle frost, flood, hail and drought.
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The state's apple crop will be smaller and apples will probably be more expensive after growers faced a trying year, the Pioneer Press reports. But most Minnesota orchards will still be open for fall visitors, the newspaper says.

The season has come earlier, the Brainerd Dispatch reported recently.

Farmers dealt with both too much rain, and not enough. Last April, frost hurt some orchards, WCCO reported.

One grower tried to laugh off the losses, KARE 11 reported recently, noting that this was a good year to have hail, given that the crop was already hurt by frost earlier in the year.

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